Phoebus High teacher charged with stealing from school

28-year-old Holly Michelle McAllister (Photo courtesy: Hampton police)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Phoebus High School teacher was arrested after she allegedly stole several electronics from the school and jewelry from a student.

Holly Michelle McAllister, 28, is accused of stealing two digital cameras, a Sony camcorder and a Dell LCD projector from the high school, according to the Hampton Police Division. According to the Phoebus High School website, McAllister is a fine arts instructor.

The thefts were first discovered when another school employee noticed several items missing in December. According to the arrest warrant, McAllister sold the equipment to York Pawn Shop in January. The projector was sold for $45, and the school paid more than $1,200 for it.

Document: McAllister arrest warrants

In February, police say an 18-year-old student reported she was missing several pieces of jewelry, including three rings that were discovered to have been sold to County Gold Buyers in Yorktown.

Manager John Ranalet told McAllister was a customer at county Gold Buyers for several months. “She was always really nice. Came in, always introduced herself. [She] was very calm and everything,” Ranalet said.

The arrest warrant reveals the student’s rings were worth $950. It says McAllister lied about not knowing where the rings were. Ranalet said he’d purchased jewelry from her in the past and had no idea he was receiving stolen jewelry this time.

“I always thought that everything she had sold was good stuff. I didn’t think it was stolen or anything,” he said.

Ranalet showed 10 On Your Side their jewelry buying process. He said every seller has to show a drivers license and sign saying what they are selling belongs to them.

“I thought the stuff that she was selling me was her personal stuff. I had no idea that she was taking it.”

McAllister was arrested on April 13 and was charged with three counts of grand larceny. She now out of jail on bond.

Hampton Schools spokesperson Diana Gulotta said McAllister has been suspended without pay until further notice. She said parents of Phoebus High School students were alerted of the situation by an automated phone call.

10 On Your Side did some digging and found Holly McAllister was convicted of public intoxication and DUI back in 2008.

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