UNL grad student arrested on suspicion of 29 thefts from rec center

2013-02-11T14:00:00Z 2013-02-11T21:35:18Z UNL grad student arrested on suspicion of 29 thefts from rec centerBy NICHOLAS BERGIN / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate student in accounting is suspected of stealing from lockers at the Campus Recreation Center at least 29 times.

Mi Seon Lee, 26, was arrested Friday and cited for three felony and 26 misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, UNL Police Sgt. John Backer said.

Officers developed Lee as a person of interest in several thefts, Backer said, because she often was seen in the area when items were stolen from unsecured lockers in the women’s changing room.

While investigating a theft reported Thursday, police  questioned Lee. Backer said they found several items in her locker that didn’t belong to her.

A search of her home at 831 S. 17th St. turned up clothing, electronics, wallets and purses, among other things, that had been reported stolen as far back as June, he said.

There is no evidence Lee tried to sell any of the stolen property, nor is there any evidence of identity theft, Backer said.

He said some items police seized from her home have yet to be connected to specific thefts and asked for anyone who had items stolen on campus to make a report with UNL Police.

He also recommended people using the rec center put padlocks on their lockers to prevent theft.

Lee, who was released on bail, could not be reached Monday for comment. It was unclear whether she had an attorney.

Previous reports listed Lee as hailing from Hapcheon, South Korea.

 

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