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City College iMacs Stolen

The Los Rios Police Department is investigating three burglaries that struck the City College Performing Arts Center computer lab over the past three months.

The break-ins occurred Nov. 30, Dec.14, and Jan. 10, according to the LRPD. Officers are trying to determine whether the burglaries are connected.

On Jan. 10 burglars broke through the computer lab door and stole at least two iMac computers belonging to the Humanities and Fine Arts Division.

Police Department pursued a suspect on foot, but did not apprehend anyone.

According to campus police Sgt. Jinky-Jay Lampano, the LRPD responded to an alarm call from the Performing Arts Center.

“There were several computers that were taken, [and] we’re working on a suspect,” said Lampano.

According to theatre, arts and  film department Professor Robert Gore, “the theater arts and  film and information technology departments acted swiftly to replace the iMacs stolen over the course of the three burglaries.”

Although Gore said that it is unfortunate that students must work with older model iMacs until newer replacement computers arrive, he praised the staff  and administration for helping the  film program recover by the beginning of the semester.

“Everybody is losing because of the eefficiency of the [temporary replacement iMacs],” said Gore.

“The people around here scrambled. IT scrambled to get us enough machines to get the lab up and running. Don Silva and [the] IT [Department] has done a great job at the last minute, getting [back to a total of] 20 machines in that lab so that we don’t have to cancel the classes.”

Silva estimated the replacement value of the stolen computers at over $12,000.

Since the burglaries, Silva said he has focused on installing course dependent software onto new iMacs procured by the IT department with insurance proceeds. 

The IT department’s goal is to have the new iMacs in the lab as soon as possible.

However, the temporary replacement iMacs provided by the IT Department do not work as an adequate long-term solution because they cannot run the sophisticated video editing and animation software required.

“The problem is that the lab is not up to standard.  There are students suffering because the computers barely work, and in some cases don’t work,” Gore said.
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According to Gore, the steps taken to replace the stolen iMacs with backup inventory from the IT department has adversely a affected other City College departments.

“Now they’ve taken computers from IT that were probably going to go to faculty or other places,” said Gore.

“So right now they’re not going to those people because they’re in that lab, waiting for the new ones to be installed.We tried to minimalize the impact—we didn’t cancel the classes—but we’re struggling for the first two or three weeks.”

Despite the temporary hardship on students in the  film program, Gore pointed out that the situation would soon improve.

“Hopefully, this summer, the lab will be completely remodeled,” said Gore. “That should increase the student success. Unfortunately, it takes theft to make things like that happen.”

The Humanities and Fine Arts Division and the Operations Department have renewed discussions about installing security cameras in the computer lab to deter future break-ins.

According to City College Director of Operations Gregory Hayman, digital surveillance can be expensive.

“We typically plan on about $2,500 per camera,” Hayman said.

However, Hayman said Operations is committed to safety on campus.

“The Operations Department is taking steps to increase security in the buildings, looking at all buildings, all high- value areas,” Hayman said.

Humanities and Fine Arts Dean Chris Iwata urged students and sta to take an active role in keeping Sacramento City College safe and secure.

“Security on campus really is something that everyone can help with,” said Iwata.

“It reinforces the idea that the students should, of course, watch their own belongings really carefully.”

Anyone having information about the burglaries is encouraged to contact campus police.

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