Student hides in locker to catch a thief — a teacher?

A California high school sophomore gives details of a video sting she set up to catch a suspected thief.

When students had money mysteriously disappear from their backpacks in gym class, Justine Betti decided to a little investigating.

The sophomore at Linden High School in Linden, Calif., hid inside a locker with a cellphone camera to try to catch the suspected thief in the act.

She didn't expect it to be her teacher.

"I didn't want to believe that she would do something like that because she was so nice, but then she did it," Betti told KXTV of Sacramento.

Betti told the station she hid in the locker twice. The first time, she said, she saw the teacher rifle through students' backpacks but didn't have physical proof. So she hid a second time, on Feb. 13, this time taking along a phone video camera and setting up another camera in a second locker.

Both cameras show a woman Betti identified as the teacher going through backpacks, with one showing what appears to be money being taken from a pink backpack, according to KXTV.

"I was really scared. I was like, oh my gosh, I can't believe I just got this on video," Betti told the KXTV.

Betti and several friends took their proof to the principal.

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the Linden Unified School District and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department investigate, according to KXTV.

The district did not name the teacher, and no criminal charges have been filed.


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