KC man charged with stealing Joplin computers - KMOV.com

KC man charged with stealing Joplin computers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A 41-year-old Kansas City man faces charges in connection with allegedly stealing computers from a Joplin elementary school damaged in last month's tornado.

It was reported that Charles Rice has been charged with four counts of receiving stolen property and was jailed Tuesday on $10,000 bond.

Rice, however, told Kansas City police he did not visit Joplin and didn't steal the computers. Online court records don't list a lawyer for Rice.

Police said they found out about the stolen computers when they were called by the owner of a computer technical support company. The owner said Rice called seeking help unlocking the password-lock on one of the computers.

Police said they linked the computers to Emerson Elementary School, which sustained severe damage in the May 22 EF-5 tornado.

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