School Kicks Off With Thefts
In September and October, two high-value thefts took place at SCC, totalling around $5,400 in stolen goods.
In three other thefts in October, money was taken from unattended bags, or in one case, a student’s unattended laundry.
The following is an account of those two high-value incidents, based on police reports as well as Safety and Security reports reviewed by The Ebbtide.
A theft of three Dell laptops from a classroom in the Dental Hygiene building occurred on Oct. 4. The laptops were valued at about $1,700 each. The classroom was locked.
No laptops have been recovered. The Shoreline Police Department has marked the stolen laptops case as “Open/Inactive,” suggesting that the case has not been closed, but there is no active investigation.
A cash till was stolen from The Coffee Spot in the PUB on Sept. 23. The till contained approximately $300.
“I saw that the register was kind of off: It was sitting lower than usual,” said barista Saenglanh Keobounhmee, who noticed the missing till. She had initially thought the register was removed for maintenance.
She brought the missing till to the attention of a supervisor, who reported the incident to Safety and Security.
The money was not recovered. Safety and Security officers found no usable security footage; one of two security cameras in the area was malfunctioning at the time of the incident. The other camera did not show any relevant images.
Safety and Security did not immediately respond to emails requesting details on the crime rate in previous years. A review of crime logs published in The Ebbtide indicated that a similar number of thefts occurred in October last year.