Computer equipment worth $17,000 total was stolen from a third floor classroom in the Burlington Road Building between April 23 at 11 p.m. and April 24 at 6:50 a.m., according to Emory Police Department (EPD) Lieutenant Cheryl Elliott.
Eleven Apple iMac computers, each valued at $1,545, are now missing from a classroom inside the building.
The Burlington Road Building is located at 1804 North Decatur Road and houses the department of music at Emory.
According to Elliott, the room opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. every day and requires key card access.
Only staff, faculty and students who use the classroom have card access.
A facilities management building service employee who had been in the building since 4 a.m. that morning but did not visit the room until 6:50 p.m. discovered the missing computers, according to Elliott.
College freshman and music major Bradley Mintz said that the situation is very unfortunate and has put the music students in a bind, especially because these computers have a special program called Sibelius, which allows users to write music compositions.
“We use the computers almost each class session and extensively since spring break for our composition projects,” Mintz wrote in an email to the Wheel
, adding that there are now only four computers on campus with Sibelius.
“The 11 stolen computers [are] a big blow to all of the students who need to finish their composition projects,” he wrote.
Elliott said EPD feels they have solid leads that they are actively pursuing but could not comment further because the investigation is ongoing.
— Contact Nicholas Sommariva