SALEM, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire junior high school teacher is charged with theft after police say he took a camera from the school where he teaches and pawned it.

Salem police say 46-year-old Stephen Pierce took a Nikon camera earlier this month from another teacher’s classroom at the Woodbury School in Salem and pawned it for $150. The camera is valued at nearly $700.

Police say they solved the crime by linking a pawn slip to the camera. The person who pawned it had to show his driver’s license to complete the deal and the license on file matched Pierce.

Pierce was charged Wednesday with theft and receiving stolen property. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.

He did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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