Teacher pleads ‘guilty’ to stealing instruments | SkyHiNews.com

Teacher pleads ‘guilty’ to stealing instruments

by Will Bublitz

Former East Grand Middle School music teacher pleaded guilty to theft charges Tuesday during an arraignment in the 14th Judicial District Court in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Stock was accused of stealing and pawning thousands of dollars worth of musical instruments owned by her students, the East Grand School District and a rental company.

At Tuesday’s arraignment, Stock entered guilty pleas on three theft charges. The most serious is a charge of theft $500 to $15,000, which is a Class 4 felony. She also entered guilty pleas to two misdemeanor charges of theft $100 to $500.

Stock’s guilty pleas were entered after a plea agreement was reached between her attorney Trevor McFee and the District Attorney’s Office led by Chief Deputy DA Elizabeth Oldham.

As part of the plea agreement, Judge Mary Hoak noted that a “substantial amount of restitution” would be paid to the victims.

Judge Hoak also noted that two victims indicated they may seek additional restitution.

In accepting the guilty pleas, Judge Hoak set sentencing for Stock on Friday, Nov. 2, starting at 11:30 a.m. A half-hour period is allocated to allow victims and others to speak before the sentence is handed down.

Stock, who taught music and band at East Grand Middle School in Granby for the past six years, was accused of stealing more than two dozen musical instruments belonging to the school district, individual students and a company that rented them to students. She has been in the Grand County Jail since June 4.

Stock was originally arrested May 16 at the end of the school day on a warrant from Arapahoe County on charges of theft related to a shoplifting incident. A search of her vehicle and residence by the Granby Police turned up evidence of musical instruments that were reported lost or stolen by East Grand Middle School students.

An investigation led by Sgt. Jim Kraker of the Granby Police discovered the musical instruments had been sold to Denver-area pawn shops. A few of the stolen instruments have been recovered.

Stock is also facing other charges of theft related to the shoplifting incident. She is ordered to appear in the Arapahoe County Court on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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