Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 9, 2014

2 suspected in BSC theft

Credit cards and other items stolen from campus; suspects recorded on security cameras

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A search is underway for two people who entered buildings on the Bluefield State College campus and allegedly stole credit cards and other items from offices.

Two male individuals were recorded on campus security cameras at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, said BSC spokesman Jim Nelson. At that same time, a theft occurred in the physical education building. Credit cards including a state of West Virginia purchasing card were stolen from the office of an employee who had left to visit the restroom.

“She passed two male individuals as she returned. Shortly thereafter, she noticed that the credit cards were missing and she reported that to our campus public safety office,” Nelson said. “Not long after that, she received a text message noting that there was a credit card transaction on one of her missing credit cards in the Wal-Mart in Bluefield, Va.”

The security cameras captured a still frame showing the “individuals of interest” on the same floor where the theft occurred, he said.

“We have circulated that picture of these individuals of interest to campus students and employees,” Nelson stated. “And the college has notified other colleges in the region. It appears the individuals matching the photo visited Wal-Mart shortly after they left campus and purchased some prepaid credit cards, so our public safety officer has visited Wal-Mart and they’re comparing information to try and work together.”

The Bluefield State security videos also show the car the male subjects were driving. It was parked in the campus library’s parking lot. The video also shows the individuals entering other locations including Conley Hall and the administration building, Nelson said. There they talked to employees who were working late and said they were looking for the president, Dr. Marsha Krotseng. They left after being told she was off campus.

“The video also shows that the same persons of interest went to Hatter Hall, the alumni office on the east end of the campus,” Nelson said. “This morning we found that Hatter had been entered and it appears items were disturbed or taken.”

“As soon as we found this morning that it was more than a wallet theft, a text alert was sent to the college community at approximately 8 a.m. (Thursday),” he stated. “That was followed by emails to the college community with the picture of the individuals of interest and the car they were driving.”

Nicole Ballard, one of the campus public safety officers, has met with the Bluefield Police Department about the incident, Nelson said.

Dr. Marsha Krotseng sent a message to the college community Thursday morning describing the incident and assuring people that action was being taken.

“The security of our students, faculty and staff is of utmost importance. Rest assured that we are doing everything possible to ensure that our campus remains a safe environment for you. The college will provide further updates as they become available,” Krotseng said in her statement.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com