Hannah Jeffrey

Hundreds of newspapers stolen, thrown away across campus

Several hundred copies of The Daily Gamecock were stolen from racks and boxes across campus Tuesday.

Security footage shows a man wearing a baseball cap and a backpack taking stacks from a rack inside the Russell House on the Greene Street side around 11 a.m. Tuesday. The man then walked out of frame and returned empty-handed before picking up another stack and walking out of frame once again.

Around 50 copies of the newspaper were found in the recycling bin near the same Russell House rack.

TDG staff filed a report with USCPD Tuesday afternoon and contacted the Student Press Law Center.

The Daily Gamecock is a free publication; however, each additional copy taken is $1.

"Just because the papers were free didn't mean 'take them all so other people can't have them,'" SPLC Director Frank LoMonte said in an email.

Papers also went missing in Columbia Hall, Honors Residence, Thomas Cooper Library, Petigru, Davis, Sumwalt, LeConte, Currell and the intersection of Pickens and Greene streets.

Tuesday's print edition can be viewed here.

"Suppose someone breaks into the Salvation Army and takes all the winter coats," LoMonte said. "Is that not a crime because the coats were going to be given away free to the homeless?"


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