A 58-year-old transient is the primary suspect in a weekend burglary of a Medford charter school in which 23 laptops and a microscope were stolen.
Medford investigators have recovered seven of the laptops but 16 remain outstanding, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
Detectives believe Robert Joseph Perez broke into the Logos Charter School in the 400 block of Earhart Street over the weekend.
Budreau said Perez has been selling laptops to people throughout Medford.
"We think he was selling them and trading them for drugs," Budreau said.
Phoenix police arrested Perez Monday night on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. His name had been tied to the school burglary and he was turned over to Medford police for questioning.
"He is not cooperating with the investigation, so we can't prove whether he was the only one who burglarized the school or if he had someone else with him," Budreau said.
Detectives ended up arresting him on three counts of first-degree theft and possession of meth.
Perez was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $60,000 bail.
Anyone with information on the case or the laptops is asked to telephone Medford police Detective Tony Young at 541-774-2230.