Grand theft case at UF grows to $100,000

An employee accused of stealing electronics leads police to more items.

Published: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 1:05 a.m.
A case of grand theft that University police first believed involved about $4,000 of electronics has grown by at least $100,000, authorities said Friday.
Last month, police filed a sworn complaint against University of Florida employee Edward W. Bresnyan, 66, after a witness saw him taking computers, VCRs and other electronics from the New Engineering building, Lt. Joe Sharkey said.
University police have been investigating the case and on Friday, Bresnyan called them to let them know he had more items in a garage across the street from his house, Sharkey said.
Police took a pickup and a trailer to his house at 1106 NW 40th Terrace. But they soon realized they'd have to make several trips. Electronics were stacked from floor to ceiling in the nearby garage, Sharkey said. There were television sets, flat-screen monitors, computer mice, computer components, disks, stereo equipment and more.
"One investigator said walking into this garage was like walking into Best Buy," Sharkey said.
Bresnyan was buying the items using UF accounts and then keeping the goods for his own use, police said.
Authorities are looking into what Bresnyan planned to do with the equipment, valued between $100,000 to $150,000, Sharkey said.
Police are still investigating and had not filed any formal charges against Bresnyan by Friday evening. A grand theft case of this magnitude is very rare on campus, Sharkey said.
"I've been here seven years and I don't remember anything like this," Sharkey said.
Bresnyan is listed as an engineer in the UF directory. A phone message left at his house was not immediately returned Friday.

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