The Department of Public Safety has released the name of a 28-year-old Ann Arbor man wanted in connection with thefts of Liquid Crystal Display projectors from University buildings. LCD projectors are used in classrooms to project video and computer information.

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Ronald Richardson

DPS has issued a warrant for the arrest of Ann Arbor resident Ronald Richardson for LCD projector theft. The Ann Arbor Police Department and the Michigan Department of Corrections also have warrants for his arrest. He is described as being 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds.

“The DPS Criminal Investigations Division is investigating 37 reports of LCD projector thefts that have reportedly occurred since Dec. 2000,” said DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown. The projectors are usually secured with bolts and a wire cable to a cart or ceiling, Brown said.

The last theft occurred between 11 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Feb. 8 from a cart in the lobby of the Cheesebrough Auditorium in the Chrysler Center on North Campus. The projector was valued at $3,600. The projectors stolen are worth between $3,000 and $12,000 each.

Eight projectors were stolen in Dec. 2001. DPS issued a $500 reward for information about the thefts in December and increased the reward to $1,000 in January.

According to the LSA media services website, 28 classrooms used by LSA classes have installed LCD projectors. Classrooms in the Business School, the Medical School and on North Campus also have LCD projectors.

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