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Students caught stealing at Crossroads

Two students were caught stealing at the Crossroads on a security tape on Nov. 30.

Todd Huchendorf, Food Services manager said he received a report from a student of possible theft in the Crossroads late last week.

Huchendorf viewed the security tapes at the time of the alleged theft and discovered two other students stealing. The student originally suspected was found to be innocent.

Police questioned one student suspected of theft.

“We are aware that sometimes things like this happen,” Huchendorf said. “There are no traditional doors, gates or physical deterrents at the Crossroads.”

Huchendorf said once the students were identified they were turned over to the authorities.

“It’s pretty sad,” Huchendorf said.

He said the costs accrued from student theft prevents prices from being lowered to customers.

“These things happen and the cost affects everyone. The Crossroads isn’t here to make money, yet [students] think they are taking advantage of them.”

Garth Gunderson, University Security Director, said theft is a very rare occurrence.

Gunderson said there has been one other incident of theft in the past year.

“[Students] are extremely honest. There’s about less than 10 percent, maybe less than 5 percent that would steal something,” Gunderson said.

Gunderson said that because of this low percentage, theft can become an easy action for students to take.

Huchendorf said he is working with campus security to determine a potential plan to prevent further theft.

One solution Huchendorf and Gunderson have discussed is the possibility of a student dressed in street clothes performing additional security.

Huchendorf said he views security tapes several times a week, especially if there is a reported scenario of theft. However, Huchendorf said that he didn’t think that hiring a full-time student to view security tapes would be cost-effective.

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