Stacks of the Temple News were stolen from newsstands across campus only hours after being delivered Thursday.
In a similar incident last week, hundreds of issues were discovered missing from stands in the Student Center and lecture halls.
Both issues included a story on freshman Preshal Iyar, who was arrested earlier this month for mail fraud.
Around 5 p.m. Thursday, Temple News staff members received a call from Temple student Andrea Gallo, who said she saw two people remove issues from Gladfelter and Anderson Hall. After searching the campus, all the red cast metal stands were found to be empty, and most of the issues were thrown into trashcans and dumpsters.
Eyewitnesses in the Student Center alleged they saw Iyar and two men throw the papers in the trash.
“I saw [Iyar] with a bunch of papers in her hands. She walked up to me and said ‘hello,'” freshman criminal justice and political science major, Dominque Trudel, said. Trudel previously knew Iyar and said the two met through a mutual friend.
Trudel described the other person with Iyar as being white and average height, wearing jeans and a dark-colored fleece.
Student worker Peter Nelson said he was walking up the ramp in the Student Center when he saw a girl, approximately 5’2″ with dark complexion and long hair, and a black male wearing a black jacket with a red stripe. They were carrying stacks of papers.
“When I turned around, she was holding all of those,” he said, pointing to the stack that had been placed on the counter. “At first, I thought the paper had recalled the issue.”
After the copies had been recovered, Nelson said the two returned and
stole the papers again.
“They got them when I wasn’t looking,” Nelson said.
Temple News Chief Copy Editor Heather Duffy saw the man with Iyar and asked why he had a stack of papers. He said his friend was on the cover and asked Duffy if she worked for the Temple News. When Duffy replied that she did, the man put the stack back, took one copy and walked away.
Editor in chief Brian Swope notified campus security, who turned the matter over to Temple detectives.