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FBI investigates ATM heist at CEU's student center

The general area where CEU's ATM machine was located within the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center.

Sun Advocate community editor

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials confirmed Monday that they were indeed currently involved in an automatic teller machine robbery at the College of Eastern Utah.

According to information released by CEU Director of Public Safety James Prettyman on Nov. 14, the ATM machine was stolen from the college between 7 and 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 9.

It was later recovered south of Price city by the Carbon County Sheriff's office in conjunction with campus police at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 11.

On Monday, FBI Media Coordinator for the state of Utah Juan Vecerra, stated that the bureau had been involved in the investigation thus far but was checking into jurisdictional issues concerning the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

"We will only stay involved in the case if the company that owns the machine was FDIC insured," he said.

Later on the morning of Nov. 17 Vecerra confirmed that the machine was federally insured and that the bureau would remain on the case in conjunction with college law enforcement.

The ATM was located near the western doors of the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, which is on 300 East in Price.

Neither the CEU public safety department or the FBI could release any details concerning the case as it is an ongoing investigation.

However, Price city Attorney Nick Sampinos, detailed some of the possible crimes that the assailants could be charged with for stealing the machine.

"First of all, if they entered the premises unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime then they would be eligible to be charged with felony level burglary," he explained. "Additionally, if there was more than a certain amount of money in the machine or the cost of the machine itself was over a certain amount the assailants could be looking at a felony level theft charges."

Sampinos also stated that the alleged thieves could be charged with criminal mischief for the damage they caused to the college while removing the ATM machine.

The U.S. Attorney's Office stated that several factors would determine whether or not the theft constituted violation of a federal crime.

According to U.S. Attorney's Office Public Information Officer Melodie Rydalch, the U.S. Attorney's office would work closely with local prosecutors to determine the best course of action once an arrest has been made.

Any further information concerning the crime will be forthcoming from CEU authorities or the FBI and that information will be posted on the Sun Advocates' website as soon as it becomes available.

Anyone who has information concerning this incident can contact the campus police department or the Utah division of the FBI.

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