When a Levono laptop when missing from the state’s CORE-CT office in Hartford early this year, the loss was attributed to a “mysterious disappearance.”
However, that mystery is the exception, as most everything the Eyewitness News I-Team found during its “You Bought It, They Lost It” series was blamed on either criminal activity or poor paperwork.
At Eastern Connecticut State University, the biggest culprit was vandalism.
Messages were scrawled on bathroom stalls in the science building, a metal door was kicked in at Mead Hall, and a pool table was damaged at Laurel Hall.
In all, more than 18 reports of vandalism have been filed on campus in one year.
However, criminal activity is actually pretty rare.
Most common in the reports the I-Team reviewed were cases where inventory procedures were not followed.
At the state’s Department of Transportation, one single report listed 66 missing items, from a bridge monitoring system, which originally cost taxpayers $27,000, to an air conditioner that was purchased for $1,000 that can’t be found.
In most cases, the report said “the unit is not believed to be lost, rather inventory paperwork was not submitted properly, resulting in unaccountable location.”
In all, the five-page report lists items purchased with taxpayer dollars for more than $161,000 that taxpayers bought and they lost, and nearly all of it is blamed on paperwork errors.
Bad inventory procedures are also being blamed for the loss of a device called a Muffin Monster Grinder, and one went missing from Southbury Training School last year.
Like many agencies, they promise better inventory procedures moving forward, but it was reported missing for now.
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