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June 22, 2007

Police seek suspect in theft of computer projector

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police are looking for a man believed to have entered a classroom in the Recitation Building about 2 p.m. Thursday (June 21) and stolen a multimedia projector.

Lt. Fred Davis said two students arrived early for a class in Room 315 of the Recitation Building and found the door to the room stuck at the bottom but heard noises coming from inside the room. A few minutes later, the students said a man exited the room, gave an excuse for being in the classroom and then left.

The projector was a silver Hitachi CP-X1250 multimedia projector valued at $4,500. Witnesses said the suspect was carrying only a black backpack.

The students described the suspect as a white male with a medium to heavy build, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He had red hair and was wearing brown short cargo pants, a hooded sweatshirt and had a bandanna covering his mouth. The witnesses also told police the suspect had a tattoo above his right ankle.

When the students entered the classroom, they found that a computer desk had been moved, a black and yellow crowbar on the floor and the multimedia projector missing from the ceiling.

Theft is a Class D felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call the Purdue Police Department at (765) 494-8221 or the anonymous crime tip line at (765) 496-3784.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Source: Lt. Fred Davis, (765) 494-8221

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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