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Thursday, December 22, 2011


Computer equipment stolen from UNH student TV network office

Thursday, December 22, 2011

DURHAM— University of New Hampshire police are investigating a reported theft from the Student Cable Access Network, SCAN-TV 24.

The theft occurred last week and was reported Friday, within 24 hours of when items were taken.

According to Deputy Chief Paul Dean, an Apple computer along with its keyboard, monitor and hard drive was reported stolen and detectives are working with the Apple company to try to track its whereabouts. He said it is known that the computer was there just the day prior.

Michelle Connor, general manager of SCAN said the theft had to have occurred sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Thursday evening.

She said there was a high definition monitor stolen, three keyboards, three computer mouses and an Apple MacPro computer tower.

While some equipment was left untouched, the items taken are of high importance.

"It's very significant to the organization as a whole because we use the editing stations," she said.

Dean estimates the cost of the stolen goods to be about $4,000 or less.

The equipment and its use, which is open to all UNH students, is funded by students activity fee, part of the tuition to attend UNH.

Connor said there was no forced entry into the office, where a code is needed to enter once the door is locked. She said either someone who was given the code to enter the studio took the equipment or whomever exited the room last did not lock the door. Connor said she believes it was the latter.

"Only because we know everyone who we give the code out to and we try to make sure they're trustworthy," she said.

Left untouched were two cameras in the room and some other equipment that can still be used.

"There were other things in there that had value that maybe they just didn't know were of value," she said.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the UNH Police Department at 862-1427, or Connor at the SCAN office in the Memorial Union Building at 862-2118. 

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