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Archive for Monday, May 1, 1995

AUDIO-READER ROBBERY

May 1, 1995

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"The lowest of the low."

That's how the director of Audio-Reader Network, a Kansas University reading service for the blind and visually impaired, is characterizing two recent burglaries at the center.

"I'm just angry," said Janet Campbell, director of Audio-Reader.

A videotape with testimonials of people who benefit from Audio-Reader services, which Campbell uses in fund raising, was taken from the center in the most recent burglary, about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Also taken in that incident was a television and VCR.

In the first burglary on Easter Sunday afternoon, thieves took a cassette recorder, a portable stereo and a small television.

Because Audio-Reader is part of KU, it is not insured. The university is self-insured, meaning that if anything is taken, KU must replace it.

Not long after moving into its current location near 11th Street and West Hills Terrace in 1988, Audio-Reader installed a motion sensor to detect burglaries in the building, she said.

Campbell said the equipment worked fine on Saturday: It took KU police about three minutes to arrive -- too late to catch the thieves.

"We installed the equipment because we thought it would help," she said. "What do you have to do to protect yourself?"

Value of all the items taken is about $1,000. The monetary value of at least one of the stolen articles, however, is not the important factor to Campbell.

"I just want the burglars to ... know the tape is very valuable and will be difficult to replace," she said.

Anyone with information about the burglaries may call KU Crime Stoppers at 864-8888.

There are no suspects in the case, KU police officer Cindy Alliss said today.

Audio-Reader serves about 8,000 Kansans with 24-hour closed-circuit radio broadcasts on which volunteers read newspapers and other materials. The center also offers a computer newspaper.

Campbell said about 300 volunteers work at the center.

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