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New theft at SCF; burglary try at MTI

BRADENTON — Officials at State College of Florida reported another theft, while their counterparts across the street at Manatee Technical Institute reported what appeared to be an attempted burglary, officials said Friday.

The incident at SCF occurred Wednesday at the community college’s Bradenton campus, 5840 26th St. W., according to a re- port from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The report said someone entered Room 117, Building 18, and stole a laptop computer valued at $1,600.

There were no signs of forced entry, the report said.

It is the second reported theft in less than a month at SCF.

Over Christmas break, officials said 41 laptops valued at $37,900.81 and a business office computer went missing.

An investigation into the earlier incident is ongoing, said Dave Bristow, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

No student information was compromised in the thefts, said SCF spokes- woman Kathy Walker, who noted that the college is speeding up the implementation of better security measures, such as changing its lock and badge identification systems.

Meanwhile, MTI, at 5603 34th St. W., reported an attempted burglary in the early morning hours Friday, according to its director, Mary Cantrell.

Someone broke a win- dow in the technical school’s bookstore, but no big ticket items were taken, she said.

“We’re very fortunate because the alarm went off. They broke into the bookstore, but did not take anything,” she said.

She credited the security system with frightening away the intruders.

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

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