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YOU BOUGHT IT, THEY LOST IT

Moving is hard to do for some state colleges

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UConn can't account for $745,955 worth of equipment from its Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering. (WFSB) UConn can't account for $745,955 worth of equipment from its Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering. (WFSB)
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Every fall for more than a decade, the I-Team has been digging into government waste in its "You Bought It, They Lost It" series.

In this year's first installment, the I-Team found that for some state colleges, moving is hard to do.

In 13 years digging through state missing property reports, the I-Team learned that some losses were easier to understand than others.

When a barn burned down on the University of Connecticut's Horsebarn Hill in May, everything inside was lost. A tractor, a dump truck, some pickups and riding mowers were among the items destroyed.

It was nearly $400,000 worth of items that you bought and they lost.

UConn sent the I-Team photos showing what was left of the equipment. It said it is working with insurers to recover what money it can.

Somewhat harder to understand is what happened at UConn's Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Equipment that was moved out of a building in preparation for building renovations disappeared.

Computers, technology and lab equipment were all gone.

There were 39 items that were purchased for $745,955 and no one knows what happened to them.

You bought it, they lost it.

A university spokeswoman told the I-Team "the equipment was being moved to surplus storage in UConn's central stores by a private moving company hired for work. Ultimately, this equipment would have either been sold or disposed of by the university."

UConn said when it disappeared, the items were between 10 and 28 years old. They were mostly obsolete and their depreciated value was only $29,200.

However, even with old items at a lower price tag and a private mover to blame, you bought it, they lost it.

It's not just UConn.

At Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, computers, cameras and projectors worth $32,898 were lost.

When it filed the police report to document the losses, the IT department said it believed the items were lost "during the course of several moves and several storage areas."

Again, you bought it, they lost it.

UConn told the I-Team on Wednesday that a university employee was arrested in connection with the missing equipment. Their police department said it turned out the missing items were sold at an East Hartford scrap yard for $1,500. The felony case is still pending. 

For more I-Team stories, head here.

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