Teen arrested for selling stolen defibrillators from Washington Irving building

Washington Irving High School, pictured last April (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 18-year-old Anthony Johnson last Tuesday for selling defibrillators stolen from the Washington Irving High School campus at 40 Irving Place last May.

Police said that an employee noticed two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were missing from the school’s eighth floor and basement on May 15.

Johnson allegedly admitted stealing the two AEDs from the school before that date and selling them online. It was unclear how Johnson reportedly gained access to the basement of the building where the AEDs were stored.

Police could not confirm whether or not Johnson was a student at one of the schools in the Washington Irving building, but said that it was likely given the circumstances of the incident.

The school employee told police that the AEDs have a value of more than $1,000.

Johnson was arrested inside the 13th Precinct and charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.





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