More than $25,000 worth of goods missing from MU Bookstore Distribution Center

Friday, August 26, 2011 | 6:12 p.m. CDT; updated 5:22 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — Twenty-eight MacBook Pros have been reported stolen from the University Distribution Center on 1400 Rock Quarry Road.

More than $25,000 worth of property and services were stolen from the distribution center, according to an MU Police report.

Thirteen of the laptops have been confirmed missing, said MU Bookstore spokeswoman Michelle Froese. The other 15 may have been reported stolen due to a transfer error.

The 13 confirmed stolen were 15 inch 2010 MacBook Pros, valued at $1,599, said MU Police Captain Scott Richardson; the 15 unaccounted for laptops were 15 inch 2011 MacBook Pros, valued at $1,999.

Richardson said the theft happened over a three-month period, between May 16 and Aug. 23. It was first reported to MU Police Wednesday morning.

MU Police are still investigating the theft, Richardson said. As of now, no one is in custody or has been charged.

There was no forced entry or violence involved, Richardson said.

Inventory is done on a quarterly or monthly basis at the MU Bookstore and at the distribution center depending on the category of product, Froese said.

Not all employees are allowed the same access to the distribution center, Froese said.

“It depends on where the responsibilities lie,” she said.

The University Bookstore Distribution Center distributes products to all campus bookstores within the UM system.

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