Wednesday, Jul 16, 2003
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By K. Manikandan
An employee, who came to open the door, was the first to notice the break-in this morning. The training centre of the computer firm, located in the same floor, was opened a little earlier at 6.45 a.m.
According to an employee, the main door of the computer centre was locked at 8.15 p.m. yesterday. Some shops in the ground floor and a photocopying shop nearby remained open well past 2 a.m. and added that the burglary must have taken place only after that time. He said the culprits lit candles to conduct their operation and did not switch on the tubelights and bulbs.
In his complaint to the Aminjikarai police station, Anto Peter of Softview Computers stated that four CPUs, licensed software and nearly 30 CDs were stolen.
He said the company staff were puzzled as the culprit did not touch the rest of the computers, modems, digital camera or even cash in a table drawer that was left open.
Further, the culprits had not stepped inside the training centre, where there were a dozen PCs.
He said more than the hardware, the theft of the programming code and visual documentation contained in the hard disks had dealt a severe blow to the company in terms of intellectual property lost.
This included a book giving information on Kural, Bharathiyar's works, other literary works in Tamil, information on art and culture, a database on Tamil IT terminology and several hundred pictures and other archival material, that included the pictures and career details of politicians and film stars, Mr. Anto Peter said.
Finger print experts visited the firm this morning and picked up some clues. Sources in the industry said in the past three months, burglars had targeted computer centres and stolen only software. Computer centres near the Anna arch and one at Shenoy Nagar were broken into and software alone stolen, the sources said.
Police officials said a case had been registered and investigations were on.
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