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N.C. State Professor's Research Stolen

Posted October 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A North Carolina State University professor says ten years of his professional life have gone down the drain. Last week, thieves broke into an off-campus research building and stole $18,000 dollars worth of equipment, but it's not the monetary loss that has Dr. Robert Smart in despair.

Tuesday, September 23, people who work in the research building off Blue Ridge Road found evidence of an overnight burglary. The entire floor was covered with research articles.

Dr. Smart found his desk pried open and a camera and television set missing. But worse than that, something irreplaceable was gone.

Dr. Smart's Power MacIntosh 7100 held 10 years worth of cancer research data. He and his team of researchers record most their data in notebooks, but that information, he says, is cumbersome to use.

Smart still hopes the computer will turn up.

If the computer doesn't show up at the door step of the lab, Smart says his research will go on. It will take time, he says, but he and his team will not give up.

A $500 reward is offered for the return of the machine. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the NCSU Department of Public Safety at515-2498.