$3,600 of new product stolen
September 10, 2009
Filed under News
Less than one week into the semester,
the Business Administration building has
been hit by a major theft.
Three new projectors were stolen sometime
between Aug. 28 and Aug. 31. The
projectors had been purchased by Bakersfield
College and installed approximately
two weeks before the start of the new semester.
Bill Moseley, department chair of the
Business Administration Department, indicated
that due to the circumstances surrounding
the thefts, the projectors were
“It’s very embarrassing in terms of security,
and this is a very ‘in-your-face’
crime,” Moseley said. “I’m disappointed
that an educational institution would be
targeted in times like these.”
Moseley indicated that although it
would be difficult to replace the units,
replacement is at the top of their agenda.
“We need students to understand that we
are absolutely committed to doing our
best to serve them. The students are our
According to Sgt. Chris Counts of Campus
Public Safety, each projector is worth
$1,200 bringing the total theft to $3,600.
He also indicated that the theft is under
suspicious circumstances. “The projectors
were unplugged, care was used in removing
the units, and there was little to no
damage during the theft. This was a very
clean job,” Counts said.
Several professors have echoed Counts’
remark by indicating they have their
doubts that this was a random theft.
“The new projectors were installed
only in those three rooms, and those three
rooms were the only ones to get hit,” said
Professor Lynn Krausse. “I honestly think
this was an inside job.”
Professor Kate Pluta stated, “It’s a terrible
thing when anything gets stolen, but
it makes it worse when they steal very limited
Students have also expressed concern
over the missing equipment. First-year
psychology student Roy Mendez said, “I
wouldn’t say it makes me feel unsafe, but
I will say that it makes me more cautious
about where I put my things.”
Public Safety has no suspect yet, but the
investigation is ongoing.