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Three sociology and anthropology department faculty offices in the Hoover Building were broken into sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning and two computers were stolen.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Kanya Godde, Professor of Sociology Karen Donahue and Professor of Sociology Hector Delgado’s offices were targeted.
Their office door windows were smashed open and Godde’s 27-inch iMac desktop and Donahue’s Macbook Air were taken.
“This incident is currently under investigation, so the La Verne Police Department is currently handling the matter,” interim senior director of campus safety and transportation Jeff Clark said.
Godde was in Miami at the time and received a call Monday morning about the incident.
“When I came back Tuesday morning from Miami, I found a partial bloody handprint on the door and a blood smear,” Godde said. “So I called LVPD and had them come down and swabbed it. But it’ll be at least three months before they get any results.”
Delgado is currently in Ireland on sabbatical. His office door window was broken during the incident, but nothing was stolen.
“They left an iPad, and left the middle office, Hector Delgado’s office, totally alone,” Godde said. “But he has a PC, so clearly they were targeting the Macs.”
“If you see the location of the three offices, they are ones that are protected, so people can’t really see them up and down the hallway, so they’re the ideal location to get stuff because they have a lot of time to do it.”
The point of entry has not been determined, but the time frame of the incident is believed to be during the weekend sometime between 8 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday.
“During a routine building check, Officer (Homero) Peña discovered broken glass and made the report and called LVPD,” Clark said.
Provost Jonathan Reed hopes to install cameras throughout Hoover and other buildings for added security.
“For a long time, we’ve been reviewing our security procedures and one of the things we’ve done in some buildings that have heavy equipment and heavy traffic, we installed cameras,” Reed said. “So we are looking at the possibility of installing cameras, which is quite expensive.”
“But we’re also looking into the possibility of key systems on the outside doors so that it would be blocked more often than not. The access would be more restricted, other than for our faculty and staff.”
There are no suspects at this time, but anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the La Verne Police Department at 909-596-1913.
Jolene Nacapuy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.