While students were walking across the stage during summer commencement on Friday, July 25, the Art department was realizing that 15 iMac desktops had walked out of Malone Hall’s art and design lab.
On Wednesday, July 23, classes had ended and a student was in the lab until 5:30 p.m. Afterward the cleaning crew was present from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The theft of the iMacs began to go down at 2:37 a.m.
The Art department reported the theft during graduation.
There was no forced entry and key fobs control access to the lab. Due to classes not being in session, admittance was even more limited. The police department has no comment on suspects at this time but is following up on leads currently.
The stolen desktops were 21.5-inch iMacs and estimated to cost $1,400 a computer and the felony was classed as theft of property in the first degree.
There were multiple software packages on the computers such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Fontographer, which is $500 to $700 per computer, and the Microsoft Office package.
The security plan for the lab is under review and changes are expected.
“Unfortunately, events like these change the policy and all students will be affected and lab hours will be less liberal in the future I fear,” Chief of University Police John McCall said.