Authorities have no leads in theft of student paper in Utah

<i>Southern Utah University Journal</i> loses about one-fifth of its print run

UTAH -- Almost a fifth of the Southern Utah University Journal's Nov. 26 print run was stolen, and university officials so far have made no progress determining who might have taken the papers or why.

The Journal reported Dec. 3 that about 340 copies of the Nov. 26 issue had been taken from distribution stands, representing a loss of about $415. The paper reported that it was partially refunding its advertisers for the proportion of copies that were taken.

Editor in Chief Marc Dotson said staffers had no theories about what might have prompted the theft.

"That's what's so sad about it. ... There really wasn't anything controversial," Dotson said. "We're kind of at a loss."

Dotson said staffers and authorities had hoped the Dec. 3 article about the theft would generate leads for investigators, but Public Safety Chief Rick Brown told the Student Press Law Center today that the investigation has gone "absolutely nowhere."

"We've had zero contacts from anybody," Brown said. "We have nothing more to pursue at this time."

Brown noted that today is the last day of finals for the semester; students will not return until Jan. 7.

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