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Deputies Arrest Second Student in Thefts of Tablet Computers at High School

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Monday, December 2 arrested a second Lexington High School student in connection with thefts of Apple iPad tablet computers that were reported stolen from the locker room that is used by the high school’s varsity football team. Deputies are continuing to search for a third student who is wanted on an arrest warrant in connection with the tablet computer thefts.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies on Monday arrested Tomas Charvez Reese, 18, of 100 Hidden Valley Drive, Lot B-18, Lexington, on an arrest warrant on a charge of petit larceny. Reese, who was a defensive lineman on the Lexington High varsity football team, was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Reese was being held on Monday at the county Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

An arrest warrant alleges that Deputy Lonnie McElwain, who works full-time as a school resource officer at Lexington High, found that while Reese was on the grounds of Lexington High, 2463 Augusta Highway, Lexington, Reese possessed an Apple iPad tablet computer that had been reported stolen at the high school, Metts said. The arrest warrant further alleges that Reese conspired with other Lexington High students to steal iPad tablet computers from the varsity football team locker room at Lexington High.

On November 27, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for James Oscar Bluford, Jr., 17, of 809 East Main Street, Apartment 1125, Lexington, who remains wanted on a charge of petit larceny, Metts said. Bluford, who was a defensive lineman on the Lexington High varsity football team, is 5-foot-11 and weighs 273 pounds. Bluford has black hair and brown eyes.

An arrest warrant alleges that on November 21 Bluford stole one Apple iPad tablet computer worth about $500 from the Lexington High varsity football team locker room and gave the stolen computer to Reese, Metts said.

Deputies are continuing to investigate the thefts of Apple iPad tablet computers at Lexington High, Metts said. Deputies determined that some of the stolen tablet computers were taken to a Game Stop store at 5454-D Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, where students obtained cash or store credit in exchange for the computers. Questions concerning the statuses of students who were arrested or face criminal charges in connection with the computer thefts should be addressed to Lexington County School District One.

On November 29, deputies arrested Garvin Jerome Jackson, Jr., 18, at his home at 232 Millwright Drive, Lexington, on arrest warrants on one count of receiving stolen goods and two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, Metts said. Jackson was released from the county Detention Center on November 29 on personal recognizance bonds totaling $6,390. Jackson was a starting running back on the Lexington High varsity football team.

Deputies previously arrested Jackson on November 21 on an arrest warrant on a charge of receiving stolen goods, Metts said. In that case, Jackson was released from the county Detention Center on November 22 on a $2,130 personal recognizance bond.

On November 21, a Lexington High student reported the theft of one of the Apple iPad tablet computers that Jackson possessed to McElwain, Metts said. The student told McElwain that the tablet computer was stolen from his book bag in the varsity football team locker room sometime between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on November 19. The student told McElwain that he had locked the book bag in his locker.

Metts asked anyone with information about the whereabouts of Bluford or the thefts of Apple iPad tablet computers at Lexington High to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information to the Sheriff’s Department anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (


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