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By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Sep 23, 2008 @ 12:04 AM

A Marlborough man who worked as a security guard at a Framingham company was arrested Saturday after authorities said he stole 26 laptop computers in two separate incidents.
Timothy R. Leduc, 19, told authorities he was having money problems that led to the thefts, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.
Leduc worked for a security company contracted by Applied Bioystems Inc. of Old Connecticut Path, the lieutenant said.
Applied Bioystems, which produces lab equipment used by academic researchers, scientists and to conduct DNA sequencing, reported 13 laptops stolen on July 8.
Police investigated, but made no arrests, Shastany said.
The company then conducted an inventory of all of its computers on Sept. 12. When it conducted a second one on Sept. 15, 13 more computers were missing, the lieutenant said.
The computers were valued at about $16,000.
"They determined the computers were missing due to an inside job," Shastany said.
The company's doors are opened by using a key card, and police used records of those cards to identify a suspect. "Timothy Leduc worked for the security company the company employed," Shastany said. "Timothy Leduc obviously had access to the areas, due to the nature of his job."
When confronted on Saturday, police said Leduc told them he had money problems and sold the computers. Police have recovered seven of them so far and have also confiscated $700.
Leduc of 165 Chestnut St., Marlborough, was charged with two counts of larceny of property worth more than $250.
Applied Bioystems spokesman Renaldo Juanso said the computers were to be part of a system that analyzes compounds and proteins. All of the computers were brand new, he said.
"Any theft is a serious issue and we consider this a serious issue," said Juanso. "We're happy to have it solved."
Leduc pleaded not guilty at his Framingham District Court arraignment yesterday and was released without bail. He is due back in court on Nov. 13 for a pretrial conference.
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