PITTSBURG -- Los Medanos College workers have added some temporary security measures to the campus after someone stole a set of keys last month over winter break, officials said this week.

The theft, which included master keys to most of the buildings, occurred during a break-in on Dec. 22, when the campus was closed for winter break, Contra Costa Community College District spokesman Tim Leong said.

A campus maintenance truck, computer and miscellaneous equipment were stolen, he said. Since then, extra security has been on the campus and other security measures have been put in place.

Meanwhile, the district in final discussions with a vendor to re-key locks on the campus leading outdoors, and then will work on a plan for interior locks that need to be replaced, Leong said.

It is unknown how much it will cost, but the district estimates it could easily be thousands of dollars.

"The bottom line is the facility is safe and protected thanks to the temporary measures we have taken, with permanent repairs still to come," he said. "It's a major inconvenience, but we're confident we're doing the right things so it doesn't happen again."

Campus police are conducting an investigation, but have no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the campus police at 925-439-2181, ext. 3228

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.



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