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Another theft hits RTVF

Collette Carroll

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The preliminary hearing for City’s former chief broadcast engineer has been postponed again, to May. Meanwhile, the Radio, Televisio, and Film Department continues to experience thefts.

Gerald “Larry” Quick, is facing felony grand theft charges relating to the theft of four video cameras from the RTVF Department, valued around $20,000. His preliminary hearing was postoned again, to May 26.

A total of 15 additional electronic items, all reported stolen from the department, were recovered from the nearby Palace Pawn shop. Campus police said they were linked to Quick’s account there.

It’s unknown whether Quick, who remains free on bail, will face additional charges.

“The facts and evidence will come out at that time,” said Tanya Sierra, San Diego County’s Public Affairs Officer, referring to the preliminary hearing. “Restitution is something that comes up during a plea bargain or during settlement, so it’s too soon to know what will happen on that front.”

Meanwhile, more equipment has been stolen in the department, this time directly from a college tutor.

A Macbook Air, custom briefcase, iPad, and LG tablet were stolen out of the editing bays in the C Building around 8 on March 24. The estimated value of the items is $2,800.

The items belonged to RTVF tutor, Adan Perez.

RTVF tutors are paid for by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (CTEA) grant, which ensures access to career and technical education for special populations. These include students from economically disadvantaged families, single parents, and students with disabilities.

In March, City Times reported that thefts from the department of electronic equipment and thousands of dollars in cash spanned a decade and totalled at least $43,000.

The newspaper asked the chief of the San Diego Community College District’s Police Department about those thefts.

“I can only surmise that in almost all of the cases there were very limited investigative leads that investigators could follow up on. The most recent thefts provided much more credible evidence for our detectives to follow up on, and which subsequently resulted in Mr. Quick’s arrest,” said District Police Chief Ray Aguirre.

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