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Veteran KU worker charged in thefts

LAWRENCE | A longtime University of Kansas employee is accused of stealing more than $31,000 of equipment from campus buildings over a four-year-period.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Robert Lee Sample faces multiple felony charges in the theft of cameras, computers, cleaning items and musical instruments. Douglas County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Cheryl Wright said additional charges may be filed.

Sample has pleaded not guilty and is due in court Tuesday.

The 56-year-old Sample was a building systems technician when he was fired Sept. 5 after 18 years of service at the university.

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