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Two cleanup workers charged in thefts

December 09, 2010
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LAWRENCE, MA — Two city men who worked on crews removing mold from the Guilmette School have been charged with stealing $1,800 worth of computer equipment from the building, according to the Eagle-Tribune.
Police are widening their investigation into thefts during the cleanup that also included field trip money and classroom supplies, the article noted.
Guilmette''s elementary and middle schools had been closed for mold cleanup before the workers arrived in mid-October, so none of the 1,050 students and about 100 staff came in contact with them, the article stated.
According to the article, one of the men, Kenneth Vasquez, told police that the thefts at the school were widespread and that he was one of several ex-convicts sent over by the temporary agencies who staffed the job.
Leaders of the local teachers and building trade unions said the charges against the two men vindicate the protests they made when the temporary agencies were hired to staff the cleanup after the mold was discovered, the article added.
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