No suspects in Bookstore robbery

On Tuesday, University Police investigated a theft from the USF Bookstore cash register drawer. According to a police activities report, $801 was stolen between 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Monday.Mike Klingebiel, UP’s spokesman, said this type of case is quite generic because there is not a lot of information to follow up on. The case has been placed on inactive status, he said.

“This case is most likely inactive because of the lack of leads, and we are waiting to see if other things break to follow up on,” Klingebiel said.

Klingebiel also said that on Wednesday there was another theft at the Bookstore. This time between 2:55 p.m. and 3:20 p.m., $255 was stolen, he said.

“This case is pending to see if we can get more details,” he said.

Grace McQueen, director for the Bookstore, said the Bookstore hires a lot of temporary employees to help the students go through the lines faster.

“The training they receive is very basic and they are briefed on the security measures of the store,” McQueen said. “Also, there are supervisors to help the cashiers and watch out, as well.”

At the beginning of each semester, UP places officers at the Bookstore entrance as an anti-theft measure. But Klingebiel said officers are also there now because of the two theft reports.McQueen also said that each cashier is required to justify their cash report every day and that there are cameras in the cashier area that are on at all times.

“We have had over 1,000 transactions in the last couple of days and it’s been pretty hectic,” she said. “We have 20 registers running, several shift changes and policies in place.”

McQueen said she is not surprised about the theft.

“There is certainly the opportunity to do this type of thing. And we find that this type of thing happens every time during a rush,” she said.

When actually comparing the number of transactions made during the day to the money stolen, McQueen said it is very little that is lost.

Bookstore employees and supervisors are paying more attention to the situation now than earlier in the week, and Klingebiel said both cases will be investigated.

“The reaction to the first report remains to be seen, but both cases will be looked at further,” he said.

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