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Culprits sought in computer thefts at Bethune Cookman University

26 computers stolen in possible inside job, cops say

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach police are searching for a pair of thieves who stole 26 computers from Bethune Cookman University's storage facility.

Officers also believe this was possibly an inside job.

"It's almost as if they knew BCU had some type of security," said Detective Raymond Ousterman, with Daytona Beach Police Department.

Ousterman said the thieves used a crowbar to break into the storage facility on the evening of Nov. 16.

"As one person is trying to break into the storage facility, another person walks around. He almost appears to be a lookout," said Ousterman.

Police said the duo then stole the brand new computers before they took off in a Chevy Tahoe. However, investigators said the university didn't notify police until days later when they were moving the computers to another location and noticed dozens went missing.

Police are now interviewing students and faculty members but said it could have also been random.

"It's a big deal because it takes away from the students, it takes away from the campus itself and the biggest question is where did they get rid of them," said Ousterman.

Local 6 called Bethune Cookman University and left a message, but have not received a university response.


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