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Police seek tip regarding Missourian theft

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 7:02 p.m. CST; updated 4:15 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 25, 2012

*Some security changes were under way before thefts occurred in Lee Hills Hall at MU in October 2011. An earlier version of this article incorrectly characterized the extent to which such changes had been made.

COLUMBIA — The MU Police Department is asking for the community's help in identifying an individual who may have information about an investigation regarding a theft from Lee Hills Hall.,

A release from the police department does not provide additional details on this larceny case because it is an ongoing investigation. 

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MU police is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for helpful information, according to the release.

The theft took place during the 2011 Halloween weekend. Six iPads and one laptop were stolen from Lee Hills Hall, where the Columbia Missourian is located, Dan Potter, general manager of the Missourian said.

There are other faculty and staff members working at Lee Hills Hall who are not part of the Missourian whose property was stolen.

Bruce Moore, the building coordinator for Lee Hills Hall, said this was the first time he knew of anybody going through the building and taking things.

The Columbia Missourian has been in a process of improving its security system, said Executive Editor for Innovation Tom Warhover.

"The Missourian has installed video cameras at door entrances," Warhover said. "There are a number of security changes under way."

Warhover said Lee Hills Hall will have a swipe-card system for after-hours, which requires an authorized student ID to gain entrance. The newspaper is also working on improving lighting outside and installing punch number access for several doors with codes that would change every semester.

*Some of these changes were under way before the theft occurred.

If you have any information regarding this case, please call Detective Michael Laughlin at 884-2605, or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477. You can also share tips at 875tips.com.


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