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Thieving Teacher Caught on Cellphone Stealing from Student Lockers, Say Police

Steven Simmons (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Steven Simmons (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

OCALA, Fla. (CBS/AP) Students at North Marion High School have been complaining for years that someone was stealing out of their lockers.

Could that someone be teacher Steven Simmons?

To catch a thief, a student set his cellphone to record in a locker, in an otherwise empty locker room. Police say  caught-on-tape was 49-year-old Steven Simmons, a phys ed teacher, who's now accused of swiping cash from students' lockers at the school in Citra, Fla.

Students showed the recording to a school official on Thursday, April 29, and Simmons was arrested 20 minutes later on a charge of grand theft.

Authorities say Simmons admitted to stealing for years, including taking about $400 so far this year.

Simmons had no comment to reporters, after he was released on $2,000 bail.