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Identity Theft - Vandals Steal Letters from Ave Maria Entrances

signsIn another incident of vandalism in Ave Maria this year, thieves stole large metal letters that are used to spell out the name of the town from signs at entrances on Camp Keais Rd. and Oil Well Rd.

The letters at the Camp Keais entrance began disappearing last weekend and later in the week none remained. (Right, the Camp Keais entrance with one, and eventually no, letters) One letter from the main sign on Oil Well Rd. was also taken, and was recovered in the lake that runs beside the student dormitories and student union on the Ave Maria University campus, Ave Maria Master Association Manager Luisa Rosales said.

Two letters from the Camp Keais Rd. entrance were recovered by AMU students who turned them into campus security, Miss Rosales added.

The value of the letters stolen is more than $2,000, making the theft a felony, and Miss Rosales said the Collier County Sheriff's Office has been notified.

This is not the first time some letters have been taken, she said, but previous thefts involved just one or two letters and they were usually recovered quickly.


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