(DAPHNE, Ala.) - An 18-year-old accused of stealing laptops from the Daphne School System and then threatening students has been arrested.
Students at Daphne High School went to the principal Monday morning saying they had been threatened over the weekend. Daphne Police believe students may have been threatened by 18-year-old Richard Langley, a former Daphne High School student, who is wanted for stealing eight laptops from students at Daphne High and from other schools in the area. The stolen laptops have been recovered.
"The course of the weekend Langley reached out to some students and made some threats related to the computer thefts, " said school spokesperson Terry Wilhite.
Police say Langley was likely afraid of being caught.
"We don't have any evidence that those threats were made person to person. I mean if Mr. Langley actually contacted these people but we are finding out that the threats were actually made and we are trying to track down who they were made to and when to find out exactly what the threats were, " said Police Lt. Jud Beedy, Daphne Police Department.
Monday school officials erred on the side of caution Monday.
"The school uses the term "soft lockdown" where they don't actually hide in the classroom and do all the stuff that they do, but there's a heightened awareness of security and they don't let people just come and go," said Beedy.