Authorities have no leads in theft of student paper in Utah

UTAH — Almost a fifth of the Southern Utah UniversityJournal‘s Nov. 26 print run was stolen, and university officials so far havemade no progress determining who might have taken the papers or why.

The Journal reported Dec. 3 that about 340 copies of the Nov. 26issue had been taken from distribution stands, representing a loss of about$415. The paper reported that it was partially refunding its advertisers for theproportion of copies that were taken.

Editor in Chief Marc Dotson said staffers had no theories about what mighthave prompted the theft.

“That’s what’s so sad about it. … There really wasn’t anythingcontroversial,” Dotson said. “We’re kind of at a loss.”

Dotson said staffers and authorities had hoped the Dec. 3 article about thetheft would generate leads for investigators, but Public Safety Chief Rick Browntold the Student Press Law Center today that the investigation has gone”absolutely nowhere.”

“We’ve had zero contacts from anybody,” Brown said. “We have nothing moreto pursue at this time.”

Brown noted that today is the last day of finals for the semester; studentswill not return until Jan. 7.

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