Update, 11:40 a.m.: While the DPS public safety alert about the incident issued last night said the amount stolen was approximately $600, it appears that number is incorrect. In a statement to the Hoya, Corp CEO Alex Pon said that number is wrong. He did not specify how much money was actually stolen.
Yesterday afternoon, Corp COO Brooke Heinichen wrote in an e-mail to Vox that the amont stolen was between 300 and 400 dollars. After the public safety alert was issued, Vox changed the headline of this article to reflect what seemed to be the official number at the time.
Update, 8:00 p.m.: The Department of Public Safety has issued a public safety alert concerning this afternoon’s theft at Vital Vittles.
The suspect is described as a 5’8″ light-skinned black male, wearing blue jeans and a gray sweatshirt. His getaway car was a black SUV parked in front of the Leavey Center.
According to the alert, approximately 600 dollars was stolen from the Corp location’s back office (contradicting earlier reports that the amount was below 400 dollars).
The alert also notes, “It is important that students and employees take care not to pursue a criminal suspect, but rather make note of physical descriptors and call police immediately.”
DPS and MPD investigations are ongoing.
Original story, 6:11 p.m.: At approximately 1:10 p.m. today,
over $300 approximately $600 over $300 was stolen from the Vital Vittles office.
The suspect, whose image was captured by surveillance cameras installed in the office, “was caught emptying a drawer waiting to be counted by the manager on shift,” The Corp CEO Alex Pon (COL ’12) wrote in an e-mail to Corp employees this afternoon.
A manager who entered the office while the theft was taking place was shoved out of the way by the fleeing suspect. The manager and a Vittles cashier pursued the suspect to his car, and successfully obtained the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle. According to Pon’s e-mail, “MPD and DPS are confident they will be able to apprehend the suspect.”
Pon’s e-mail also emphasized that Corp employees are not expected to pursue thieves. “Our camera system is in full force in the Vital Vittles and Main Office/Accounting/Catering area in Leavey,” Pon wrote. “Your safety is most important to us, NOT the money. Do not feel obligated to protect the cash or pursue suspects.”