Members of WOBC, the College's radio station, are offering a $300 reward for any information which will lead to the conviction of the parties responsible for removing $1500 worth of equipment from the station's offices during Fall Break.
On Monday, Oct. 20 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. a person or persons broke into the WOBC offices on the third floor of Wilder and removed a large amount of equipment.
Included among the stolen equipment were two Technics SL-1200 MK2 Turntables, one Realistic SA-10 Solid State Stereo Amplifier, one MD-421 Sennheiser Microphone, two Realistic Minimus-7 Metal Cabinet speakers, one SL-PG 440 Compact Disc player, one Dual Cassette/AM-FM Stereo Unit with Graphic Equalizer, and one Ramsa Recording Console WR-8210A. The reward for people with information will be paid from WOBC's petty cash fund.
WOBC staff left the offices at 8 a.m. and did not return to the air studio until 2 p.m., when Program Director junior Dan Fortune entered the office. Due to Fall break, WOBC was not continually broadcasting.
Folk Music Director senior Sam Bergman was in the offices from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. working but did not notice anything missing. "I never went into the air studio so I wasn't aware anything was missing until Charles called me later," Bergman said.
When asked about the likelihood of getting the equipment back WOBC liason Double Degree senior Charles Watson said, "We don't think it's very likely."
"It's happened before and we got it back by doing what we're doing now," Watson added."But we're not very confident."
It is still unknown how the burglars gained access to the offices. "We have a lot of problems with the door; it doesn't always close all the way," Watson said. No one was seen entering or leaving the offices during the times in question, according to Watson.
"It brings up a lot of questions about Wilder safety," Watson said. Moving the offices to a larger, safer location is "one of the long range plans," he added.
Copyright © 1997, The Oberlin Review.
Volume 126, Number 7, October 31, 1997
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