An 37-year-old employee at a New Jersey-based candy company has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing 60 Apple iPads from his employer and selling some of them to a Hackettstown shop that pays cash for gold and electronics store.

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Hackettstown Police say Thomas Cefola of Flanders, an employee at Mars Chocolate North America, stole the iPad tablets with service plans valued at $ 750, from the Mars Chocolate North America Corporate Headquarters between Oct. 10, 2014 and March 31 of this year. Police say they learned of the theft after the Detective Bureau discovered a suspicious transaction of 13 iPads that were sold at the Gold Mine in Hackettstown.

In addition, police said Cefola stole two Apple iPad touch 32GB players valued at $281 each, belonging to Mars Chocolate North America. The total value of the stolen items was $45,002, according to authorities.

Cefola was arrested and released pending a court appearance, police say.

Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at toniann.antonelli@townsquaremedia.com, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.

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