Audit: Millions in Connecticut property missing, stolen

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Posted: Mar 16, 2015 9:28 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly $5 million in state property was lost, stolen, improperly discarded or vandalized from 2011 through 2014, state auditors said.

The list of missing items includes $216,000 worth of Stelera, a medication that spoiled when a refrigerator was left unplugged at UConn Health Center's Department of Dermatology; more than 350 computers reported missing; and the thefts of a $100 painting and a $4,000 snow plow blade, The Hartford Courant reported (http://cour.at/1ETVFok ).

In addition, two guns were stolen from the cars of state employees. Neither was recovered and neither employee was fired.

Scores of state agencies, including six executive-branch departments, did not file loss reports from 2011 to 2014. State auditors monitor whether agencies submit the reports, but no penalties are imposed if departments don't.

"I am not sure that all agencies take them as seriously as they should," State Auditor John Geragosian said. "Some departments are very thorough with reporting and others don't take them seriously."

Of more than 350 missing computers, 91 were believed to have been stolen. Nine were left in airplane seat pockets, in a New York City taxi, on a train in Europe or otherwise misplaced by employees.

At least four works of art were discarded, stolen or misplaced, including a piece reported missing after being stored at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

In addition, Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport reported the theft last November of kitchen equipment valued at more than $10,000, a defibrillator was stolen from Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, and eight truck tires were taken from a Department of Transportation shed in Putnam.

And periodic inventory checks showed an unusual mix of state property that vanished: three walk-through metal detectors, several old cars, 22 pieces of body armor, three hospital beds and a judge's chair that cost more than $1,000.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com