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Former KU professor suspected in theft of laptop computers

July 23, 2009

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A former Kansas University professor is at the center of a campus theft investigation, KU police said Thursday.

Police would not identify the ex-professor, who is suspected of stealing two laptop computers from the university’s pharmacology and toxicology department. No arrests have been made.

“The investigation is just now beginning,” said Capt. Schuyler Bailey, KU Public Safety Office spokesman.

A police report said the professor failed to return the computers to Malott Hall, 1251 Wescoe Hall Drive, upon his resignation. The incident, which was reported to police Wednesday, allegedly occurred March 31.

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barrypenders 4 years, 8 months ago

These progressive 'Professors' are breaking the law? They are harassing cops like the highly progressive Gates and five fingering public property. Oh well, whats non-progressive's to do...

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BlackVelvet 4 years, 8 months ago

Question is did they ever ask for the computers or did KU just assume he would bring them back? Doesn't seem like much investigating is needed Capt. Bailey, but go ahead…turn this into a month long ordeal for the Safety Office.

I am sure it was specified to him that all University property be returned upon ceasing employment there. I don't think they would be so stupid ias to call the cops w/o telling him first that he had to return university property first.

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maxcrabb 4 years, 8 months ago

Leave it to the wino to point out the obvious. We don't even know the gender of the "suspect".

I really do think the data on the laptop is the issue here for the university. Why let hundreds of man hours of research walk out the door? I think it's why they mention the departments the computers were used in. (that and to aid all the armchair detectives like myself)

As far as the physical property, computers are a tricky subject for the University. In certain situations, if the computer is bought with grant money or specially allocated funds from the government, then it can't be legally re-sold, and has to be recycled or donated.

Not sure what the case is here, but it's just two alternatives to a "greedy university picking on a professor".

But what do you care? It's all speculation.

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backyardwino 4 years, 8 months ago

Ljw (et al) are you sure it is a "he"

... This is my "toldyaso" card of the month submission...

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beobachter 4 years, 8 months ago

RoeDapple, concerning Alex's post, when you have hot items to fence its important to know where to get the best price.

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HogJiver 4 years, 8 months ago

Give him some time to delete the porn before he returns the computers

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BlackVelvet 4 years, 8 months ago

Smitty said "Or maybe the KUPD is also up for a union negotiation of contract? "

Smitty, Ron Olin doesn't work for the KUPD. Neither does Bordman.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 8 months ago

Whut's the big deal? They were obsolete upon delivery, anyway.

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cthulhu_4_president 4 years, 8 months ago

A possibility for the newsworthiness of this story is that there could be sensitive research data on the laptops. You can bet that KU informs each and every professor just how much it values the research that these professors do for the prestige of the University. That's how colleges attract good professors; from the quality of research, and an atmosphere that provides it. It would certainly not look good if this research that KU might have helped pay for ended up being published through another college, and could probably end up in litigation against the professor. A lawsuit, however, is bad publicity also, hence the chance to return the material, no harm no foul. Makes perfect sense to me.

Ku knows what they're doing: protecting their physical and intellectual property. Likewise, the professor also knew exactly what he was doing by "failing to return" the equipment.

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Pywacket 4 years, 8 months ago

And lounger (disgruntled ex-prof, perhaps?) likening this to a David & Goliath, "giant" picking on the poor, little innocent guy scenario? Yeah, this is a hoot.

Yes, we should all applaud whenever some "little person" (someone with a PhD and plenty of resources) steals, robs, thieves, lifts, permanently borrows, rips off (covering bases here for the terminology sensitive) or otherwise absconds with the property of a university (guilty of oppression by reason of its size, I guess).

In this feeling-the-love-for-the-little-guy spirit, I guess all the defenders of this poor victimized thief will soon be advocating for the common purse snatcher, shoplifter, B&E artist, burglar, car thief, embezzler, and any other poor, oppressed, uneducated, downtrodden David from the wrong side of the tracks whose victims (personal, retail, or corporate) are wealthier, more influential, and can be viewed as an "oppressor," whether or not there is any evidence to that effect.

Yay for thieves! Now we can justify anything.

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RoeDapple 4 years, 8 months ago

with a follow up by smitty? (Roe banging head against wall. Thump.....thump.....thump.........)

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lounger 4 years, 8 months ago

Pywacket- Uh no, im not kidding....

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smitty 4 years, 8 months ago

A former Kansas University professor.......(KU)Police would not identify the ex-professor......suspected of stealing two laptop computers.....allegedly occurred March 31.....(professor failed to return the computers to Malott Hall)..... No arrests.....

Why is this news, JW?

Small town/university soap opera attempt to embarrass an ex-prof? Or maybe the KUPD is also up for a union negotiation of contract?

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RoeDapple 4 years, 8 months ago

yellowhouse links on an article about stolen computers? Placed there by our good 'neighbor' Alex? Does it get any better than this?

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Sean Livingstone 4 years, 8 months ago

There are tons of information on my laptop, and I paid a significant amount of money to buy programs and install on my laptop. Nowadays, softwares can cost more than a laptop. Why don't you just ask the professor to pay for the laptop, and case close? Why make it such a "big" news here? Let's be more flexible. No one will have any use for that laptop anyway.

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Pywacket 4 years, 8 months ago

Bea~ That was great!

lounger--you're kidding, I hope.

Guy sounds like a loser. Most of us have enough integrity to return property that is not our own regardless of whether we resigned from a job under good terms or bad. Not for the sake of the "giant," as lounger calls the employer, but for the sake of living with our own consciences.

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lounger 4 years, 8 months ago

K.U. was trying to slander this dude or what? He wanted what most people would-perks at the end of a job. Tough times for sure when a Giant is picking on the little people.

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Alexander Neighbors 4 years, 8 months ago

Graczyk whats the yellow house ?


The yellow house store on 1904 Mass in lawrence Kansas. go to google.com and search for

yellow house store or yellow house store Lawrence Ks

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=yellow+house+store&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g-p1g9&fp=vRIG2fToqqg

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RoeDapple 4 years, 8 months ago

Almost had me believing it bea, but you didn't include a closet full of firearms for his grandchildren to find so I know you made it all up!

;-)

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edjayhawk 4 years, 8 months ago

I know someone, who knows someone, who knows someone else, twice removed etc......Yea real reliable sources.

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beatrice 4 years, 8 months ago

Well, I heard from this guy who knows somebody's roommate who happens to be a cousin of the dean's sister, and he says the professor got fired simply for being a conservative! Further, the prof was told he could keep the computers, while the administrators knew all along that they could set him up later -- just more of the dreaded and organized plot of those sick and twisted liberals attacking an honest, hard-working, family-loving, conservative American.

I think bearded-gnome should write a blog about it. I've given him all the information he needs right here.

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in123 4 years, 8 months ago

So can I send the LJW a list of people that have failed to return items to me and they can run an article to scare / intimidate them to return the items.

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Benjamin Roberts 4 years, 8 months ago

Oh, look - They just changed the headline to "Nutty Professor Forgets to Return Laptops"

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Made you look. Sorry, I just could not resist.

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ralphralph 4 years, 8 months ago

Legal Eagle (enough for this board) hereby says: Theft is defined as obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over property of another ... blah, blah, blah. Taking stuff without permission would be "obtaining", and keeping stuff you were supposed to return would be "exerting unauthorized control", I suppose. My defense strategy: She or he was a prof in a scientific field, which means probably scatter-brained and had no idea if there were laptops around or whose they were, so no intent, just a mistake. The "Nutty Professor" defense.

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farfle 4 years, 8 months ago

As far as I know, nobody has ever accused university-types as being particularly intelligent.

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edjayhawk 4 years, 8 months ago

Obviously a "starving professor." If you paid them a fair salary in relation to other peer universities, maybe they wouldn't have to resort to stealing...

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jengaman 4 years, 8 months ago

Question is did they ever ask for the computers or did KU just assume he would bring them back? Doesn't seem like much investigating is needed Capt. Bailey, but go ahead...turn this into a month long ordeal for the Safety Office.

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Pywacket 4 years, 8 months ago

gccs14r~ I don't think the headline is misleading at all. It does not say he burglarized the place. I'll leave it to the legal eagles here to inform us as to the definition as "theft" as it applies in a court of law, but for purposes of news reporting, I believe it is perfectly applicable.

As for your comment about "not returning them" and "stealing them" being two different things, all I can say is, it seems beyond naive to suggest that someone who resigned from a job in March just hasn't gotten around to returning several hundred dollars' worth of his previous employer's equipment--not to mention whatever software or data that equipment holds. At this point, I think the university and law enforcement are quite proper in calling this a theft.

It's very possible that the university has asked for the equipment back, too, whether or not that information is available for public consumption. If they have asked for it (i.e., reminded the "absent-minded professor" that he has this equipment that he totally forgot about--right!), their position will be even stronger in a court of law, especially if they have documented their requests and given him the opportunity to do the right thing and he has failed to do so.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 8 months ago

Too bad Free State Pawn went into epic fail mode a few years ago.

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Graczyk 4 years, 8 months ago

Beobatcher - Sorry, I'm dense. What is the yh?

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gccs14r 4 years, 8 months ago

Not returning them and stealing them are two different things. The headline makes it sound like he broke in and snatched them.

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puddleglum 4 years, 8 months ago

sounds like racial profiling to me. somebody call obama

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Alexander Neighbors 4 years, 8 months ago

must have been a bad break he is trying to keep equipment he used for work.....

bitter..........

answers the question why he is ex-professor

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