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February 21, 2014

Warrant in Career Tech case lists tractors as stolen items

School system files lawsuit against former chief

Court records show two tractors and a Bush Hog as stolen property in connection with the ongoing investigation of missing equipment from the Limestone County Career Technical Center’s inventory.

Former Career Tech Director Mickey Charles Glass, 41, of 25402 Hays Mill Road in Elkmont, has been charged with two counts of first-degree theft of property and one count of second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

Glass, who remains a tenured school employee due to state law after the Limestone school board canceled his administrator contract effective Feb. 6, was arrested Dec. 16 after allegedly taking nearly $7,559 in school equipment.

According to the Feb. 3 warrant, he was arrested on Feb. 11 for allegedly stealing a 1982 Kubota tractor with a Bush Hog valued at $12,500. The forgery charge stems from Glass being accused of “intent to defraud, possess or utter a forged instrument” for a 2011 Mahindra tractor, as well as the Kubota tractor.

The warrant also lists the alleged crimes as occurring “on or about” July 10, 2012.

Authorities said Glass is accused of misusing Career Tech funds to buy equipment for personal use and to sell equipment through online vendors, such as eBay and Craigslist.

District Attorney Brian Jones said the case remains active as investigators continue to track down missing items, which were sold nationwide. Jones said the charges would be presented to a Limestone County grand jury, which is expected to convene by late spring.

Glass, who is in his 16th year with the school system, became Career Tech director in 2011. Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk placed him on paid administrative leave on Nov. 12 after school officials opened an investigation into missing Career Tech inventory.

Civil case

According to court documents, the Limestone Board of Education filed a civil lawsuit against Glass on Feb. 18.

Sisk previously said he intended to move forward with a lawsuit in an attempt to recoup the money the school system has lost due to the case, including the value of the missing equipment, the cost of having to hire a forensic auditor to review records and paying for an interim director. He said he did not have a final estimate of the costs incurred from the case but estimated it would exceed $100,000.

Court documents show Glass is scheduled for a civil hearing with Circuit Judge Bob Baker at 9 a.m. Feb. 27.

 

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