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March 26, 2003

Police investigate laser theft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University police are investigating a reported theft of a boxed $22,800 computer laser, believed taken at 12:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, 3/26) from inside the southwest door of the Nuclear Engineering Building.

Police Composite Sketch

A witness told police that a white box containing the laser was taken by a well-groomed dark skinned male in his early 20s, standing about 6 feet tall, weighing about 175 pounds, with short straight gelled black hair. He was wearing a black, long-sleeved, collared shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and a black belt with a large silver buckle with an insignia or object in the middle. He was carrying a black book bag and was last seen walking southeast to Grissom Hall, said Ron Fosnaugh, captain of special services.


The box was 2 feet wide, 2 feet tall and 1 foot deep and had a packing label addressed to Keyence Corp./Warehouse in SeaTac, Wash.

The equipment, a laserconfocol displacement meter model LT-8110, is used to measure liquid film, and is not hazardous, Fosnaugh said. It weighs about nine pounds.

Anyone with additional information should contact Purdue Police at 494-8221.

Source: Ron Fosnaugh, (765) 494-9926;

Writer: Jeanne V. Norberg, (765) 494-2084;

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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