Thanks to Sauron, I carted the surveillance system home where it was shelved and powerless. I considered using it to watch my driveway and front door but was too depressed to install it.
After my anger and depression faded a bit, I had another idea. I called the auto shop teacher and explained my problem with the sparkplugs. He said someone had been stealing sparkplugs from the shop. They had been vanishing from the supply cabinet.
I asked if he would cross check the roster from my class with his classes and see if he could come up with a match. Bingo, he came up with two names. When the auto shop teacher confronted the two, they denied everything.
Next step. I went to the office and checked their schedules. Both, it turned out, were in baseball, so I called their coach. He didn’t ask them if they were doing it. He just told them they would be tossed off the team if the sparkplugs kept flying. Problem solved without help from Sauron.
Who would have ever guessed that teachers had to become Sherlock Holmes too?
Missed the first episode in the Sparkplug Caper - http://wp.me/pLJTE-2O
Or you are a teacher in need of sharpening your sleuthing talents – http://current.newsweek.com/budgettravel/2010/02/london_in_search_of_the_real_s.html