"Allegations that a staff member may have used his position of trust and oversight in the district's multimedia department for his own personal gain were first brought to the attention of the Superintendent's Office by an anonymous tip.
"After an initial internal investigation, the district discovered that audio visual equipment listed for sale at far below market value on the individual's eBay profile closely matched items found to be missing from the district's AV equipment inventory.
"The district immediately contacted the Erie County District Attorney's Office for guidance. County detectives launched an investigation on April 15.
"As part of the investigation, the District Attorney's Office served a search warrant April 30 at the private residence of one of our noninstructional employees. While no charges have been filed, the individual was immediately placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
"Because this matter remains under active investigation, it would be inappropriate to disclose further details or the employee's name at this time.
"We take our role as responsible stewards of public resources very seriously and hold all employees accountable for performing their duties ethically, efficiently and honestly. Erie's Public Schools will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation and release additional information as it becomes available."