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.


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, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.

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