Stolen Furniture Returned to AU

Students take advantage of amnesty period

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 4:18 PM EDT
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Stolen Furniture Returned to AU

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Dozens of stolen chairs have been returned to American University after the school warned students to turn them in or face legal charges.

Since the start of the fall semester, thieves took boardroom chairs, bar stools, a booth seat and a high table from the Mary Graydon Center.

The stolen furniture was valued at $7,311.30, as reported by the student paper The Eagle. While that sounds like a lot, a school official told The Eagle the tables and seats were industrial grade and different from the kind you'd typically find in IKEA.

School officials sent students an e-mail earlier this month offering them amnesty if they returned the stolen goods by Oct. 18. A majority of the furniture, including the missing boardroom chairs was returned.

According to The Eagle, the school also collected several missing items that were not included on the original e-mail.

School officials said anyone caught with the remaining missing items will be subject to legal charges.

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