Archive for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Former KU employee serving time for theft from campus buildings

April 1, 2009


Robert Sample

Robert Sample

A former Kansas University employee is serving one month in Douglas County Jail, after pleading guilty to charges of stealing thousands of dollars of equipment from various campus buildings, court records said.

Robert Lee Sample, 56, also will spend one year on probation for three felony theft counts and was ordered to pay $18,650 in restitution, prosecutors said.

He was arrested for stealing expensive cameras, computers, cleaning items and musical instruments. The thefts were reported between June 22, 2004, and Aug. 15, 2008.

Sample was a building systems technician senior and worked at the university for nearly 18 years. His employment at KU ended Sept. 5, 2008.


mom_of_three 5 years, 8 months ago

One month in jail, one year probation, restitution. that's it. doesn't seem hardly enough.

somebodynew 5 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, I hope nobody is holding their breath until he actually pays that restitution. Just my guess, but if he stole all that stuff, he sold it for money - - so it would follow he doesn't have 18K just sitting around to pay that back. And now he doesn't have a job.

Yeah, the check is in the mail !!!

lawthing 5 years, 8 months ago

I dont understand how one person can sell this much stolen property for this long to the pawn shop and not have a red flag by the police who take the tickets!

JoRight 5 years, 8 months ago

Well, $18k is what they could prove. I guarantee there is a lot more than that. . .it seemed like a bimonthly occurrence. Some of the projectors & other AV equipment is ridiculously expensive.

tonymontana 5 years, 8 months ago

KU is an evil institution. This man deserves a medal.

Jim Phillips 5 years, 8 months ago

If I remember correctly, some of the property was allegedly sold to Yellow House, which, from what they claim, is not a pawn shop and therefore not subject to the same rules as a pawn shop.

geekin_topekan 5 years, 8 months ago

Huh,whodda thunk? I thought it would be one of those convicted felons that KU attempts to screen out to keep their stuff safe. Proves once again;the dangerous ones are on the street. The convicted ones are the ones who got caught and are looking to make an honest living.

onceajhawkalwaysajhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Part of his probation should be to continue working in a (supervised position) and his most of his pay go towards the $18K.

Ceallach 5 years, 8 months ago

Yes, indeed, punish him! Who does he think he is? It's not like he's a CEO or a politician.

bd 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow! 18 years down the drain, and 56 years old to boot! His life is over!

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