2 men sought in theft at stadium

Shown are two men caught in a surveillance video who University Police say broke into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Oct. 22.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 12:45 a.m.
University Police are searching for missing posters, valued at hundreds of dollars, that disappeared after a break-in on the first floor of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in October, officers reported.
Pictures from the security video, released by police Wednesday, show two men walking through hallways in the south end zone of the stadium at about 2 a.m. Oct. 22. The men wandered through the floor, including a common area near the team locker room, taking photos of themselves with a camera.
Officers want to question the men about their illegal trip through the stadium and about $500 damage to a video screen plus the disappearance of posters, valued at about $570, said University Police Detective Harry Dobbs. The posters were a national championship picture of Danny Wuerffel, another of a UF vs. Tennessee football game and a third listing the team's goals for the season.
Dobbs said the men apparently entered the building through a door on the south side of the stadium.
An employee discovered the break-in Monday morning on Oct. 24.
Police are hoping someone will recognize the two men from the pictures.
The two appear to be college-aged, Dobbs said. But there is no way to tell if they were local college students or "just an average Gainesville resident who got into the stadium."
Police also said the pair apparently were "goofing around" and showing off that they had successfully broken inside. But they now could face charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
Florida State University had its own burglary last year when two Waterford Crystal national football championship trophies, valued at thousands of dollars, were stolen. The items were recently recovered, and two UF graduates with no criminal records were arrested in November.
Anyone with information about the UF break-in is asked to contact police at 392-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 372-7867.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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