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DePaul Employee charged with stealing laptops

Yingqian Winny Lucas (Photo courtesy Chicago Police)

CHICAGO, IL — A former DePaul University employee has been charged with stealing several laptops after she was laid off. Police said 41-year-old Yingqian Winny Lucas has been charged with one felony count of burglary.

According to Chicago police, Lucas used her campus ID to enter the campus and take several laptops without permission.

She was arrested at her home Tuesday night, after detectives tracked the stolen laptops to the IP address at her home, and found the computers at her residence, police said.

Lucas was due to appear in bond court Wednesday afternoon.

In an email Lucas said that the items were to be bought from DePaul and that some prices were agreed upon and others weren’t. She said DePaul stopped getting back to her about the items.

Lucas was still listed as a media production specialist, and a lecturer in the College of Computing & Digital Media and College of Commerce on DePaul’s website.

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