Chesterfield school teacher arrested, accused of stealing from school and students

Julia White (Source: Chesterfield Police)
Julia White (Source: Chesterfield Police)
Rug teacher is accused of stealing (Source: Chesterfield Police)
Rug teacher is accused of stealing (Source: Chesterfield Police)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield County Public Schools teacher is arrested, accused of stealing from her school, other teachers and students.

Julia C. White, 51, is charged with felony embezzlement, larceny with intent to sell/distribute stolen property, burglary, three counts of grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny.

The teacher has been removed from O.B. Gates Elementary School by the school system.

Police say some of the property White stole from the school and students has been recovered, including one of several rugs. Police say she also stole baby wipes, teaching aides, books, and school supplies.

From the outside looking in you would think that Julia White had it all. We went by her home in Midlothian today with hopes of speaking with her husband - no one was home and White herself is still behind bars.

Police told us today they are still trying to find a clear motive.

"Some of the types of items she stole were books, school supplies, teaching aids, right down to baby wipes with children's names on them," Grohowski said.

Police started looking into the case after being tipped off by an administrator at O.B. Gates Elementary School. Police interviewed witnesses, victims, and White herself.

They then obtained warrants and eventually charged White with several crimes, including felony embezzlement, larceny with intent to sell or distribute stolen property, burglary and grand larceny.

Shawn Smith with Chesterfield County Schools released this statement about the incident saying:

"These are very serious charges and the employee has been removed from the school. The employee will not return to the school pending the disposition of the charges and the administrative process."

We were in court Tuesday when White appeared for the first time before a judge. She was denied bond but did ask for arrangements so she could get her medication.

Police say they have recovered some of the items, but are still looking to recover other things like a rug similar to this one.

"We are asking citizens if they have either purchased this rug from this lady through a yard sale or on the Internet or just one on sale, please call us," Grohowski said.

Police are still working this case and say it is possible for more arrests to come. Julia White's next court appearance is scheduled during the first week in April.

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