Police recover dozens of DVDs, games taken from UI library

URBANA – University of Illinois police on Thursday recovered about 100 DVDs and video games stolen from the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library from the apartment of two Champaign women charged with stealing them.

Laura Cordova, 21, a UI student, and Victoria Lopez, 21, who both listed addresses in the 300 block of West Springfield Avenue, were arraigned Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court on felony charges of burglary and theft. Lopez was also charged with misuse of a credit card.

The two are alleged to have gone into the library on Gregory Drive in Urbana on Sept. 29, intending to steal DVDs and video games, and for possessing the stolen videos and games found in their apartment on Thursday.

UI police Lt. Roy Acree said library officials had reported a theft in early September that prompted police to install covert cameras. On Sept. 29, the cameras picked up images of two women apparently stealing. Acree said those pictures were disseminated as a Crimestoppers bulletin and a tip prompted police to get a search warrant for the women's apartment.

That warrant was served Thursday and about 100 videos and movies, worth about $2,750, were recovered, Acree said.

Because of its large size and being open to the public, Acree said the undergraduate library is hard to police.

"This is just another case that shows that having video cameras on campus, both inside and outside buildings, is something we have to have. There is no down side to these other than the cost. It just makes sense for a campus this size to have them," he said.

The additional charge against Lopez alleges she had the debit and credit cards belonging to a woman whose wallet had been stolen from a locker at a UI workout facility on April 29, Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said.

Judge John Kennedy set bond for Cordova and Lopez at $2,000 each and ordered them to be back in court with their pubic defenders on Jan. 4.

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HorsePunchKid wrote on November 06, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Someone who thinks that there is no downside to pervasive surveillance other than the financial burden shouldn't be allowed into a position of power. Glad to hear the thousands of dollars worth of security cameras--along with a tip from someone--allowed them to recover $2,750 in merchandise, though. Sounds like a win!