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Laptops, computer stolen from SCF

BRADENTON — State College of Florida on Monday reported a burglary in which the computer of one of its employees was stolen, along with 41 Dell laptops, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The college, 5840 26th St. W., reported the apparent burglary occurred sometime during the holiday break, which lasted from Dec. 23 through Sunday, officials said. The school, with more than 12,000 students, reopened Monday.

The sheriff’s office reported that someone gained entry to an office and stole a computer. Then, it was discovered that the school warehouse had also been entered, and 41 Dell laptop computers, valued at $37,900.81, were missing.

The laptops were new, arriving right before the holiday break, and had been stored, said Kathy Walker, SCF’s director of public affairs and marketing.

There was no danger that student information was compromised because they had not yet been used, she said.

The computer stolen from the business office was password protected, and contained no student information, Walker said.

“None of this has had any effect on registration, other than to cause our security staff to have a very busy first day back,” said Walker.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031 or at