A former Levittown schools employee was arrested Tuesday after using more than $3,500 in district funds to buy camera equipment for a female friend, Nassau police said.

Ronald E. Kister, 37, of Sayville, was the Levittown school district's computer and media services director when he had an employee order a camera, lens and bag in June, police said. He told the employee that the items were for a school district colleague, police said.

When the order arrived in September, Kister took the equipment out of the building, police said, and a short time later, he quit his district job.

The equipment was not missed until early last month, when another employee inquired about it, police said.

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Investigators learned Kister had presented the equipment as a gift to a friend and they recovered the items, police said.

Kister, of 43 Brook St., was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and official misconduct. He was released with an appearance ticket and given a Dec. 7 date to appear at the First District Court in Hempstead.