Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Student Accused of Selling College Lab Equipment on eBay

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Student Accused of Selling College Lab Equipment on eBay

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FORT COLLINS, COLO.

Police at Colorado State University have traced the theft of $7,000 in equipment from the engineering department to a student who allegedly put the items up for bid on the Internet.

The student allegedly took six electronic testing devices from a lab during the spring semester and sold them on eBay, an Internet auction site, CSU police Detective Chris Wolf says.

Police have not released the name of the 19-year-old suspect. The case was filed last week with the district attorney's office, Wolf says.

The suspect could be disciplined by the university and charged, Wolf says.

A California-based equipment reseller, Test Equipment Solutions Today, had called the school after it bought two pieces of equipment in May, says Brandi Serrao, a purchasing agent.

Serrao says the company tried to reach the seller through his CSU e-mail account when it couldn't find serial numbers on the equipment. The seller did not respond, Serrao says.

"Because of his e-mail address, I thought he was an instructor at the school. …

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