By Eleanor Roy, Editor-in-Chief
An estimated 300 copies of the Feb. 13 edition of The Reporter were stolen within days of being distributed. The Reporter filed a formal theft report with Public Safety last week and another with the DeLand Police Department and the Student Press Law Center this week.
Multiple students and staff members witnessed students taking entire stacks out of The Reporter newspaper stands from the Commons, the Hollis Center and the library. Students also reported seeing one other student take multiple copies out of the Coffee Shop.
The Reporter has published multiple times in print and online that, “Even though The Reporter
is a free newspaper, it is a criminal offense to take more than one issue because of printing and delivery costs.”
The cost of the stolen papers is $380.40 including production, printing, delivery, refunded advertising and staff labor costs. Property theft of this value is classified as a felony in the state of Florida.
The Reporter intends to seek criminal prosecution and campus disciplinary action, and will proceed to do so after the DeLand Police and Stetson Public Safety conclude their investigations.
If you have any information about this theft, please email the Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org or notify the DeLand Police Department by calling their non-emergency line at 386-626-7400.
Editor’s note: An earlier edition of this story incorrectly listed the cost of the stolen newspapers. This edition lists the cost correctly.