Ignore sign's missing letter . . . it's still UMBC Campus entrance marker becomes victim of theft

September 29, 1995|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

If you're heading for the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus, just look for a sign that says UMC.

The gold-toned "B" was stolen from the sign at the campus entrance two weeks ago, and school officials say they will need a month to replace it.

Campus police investigated the theft of the letter, which was 4 feet high and 3 feet wide and stood at Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. But the probe was suspended this week because of a "lack of witnesses, lack of suspects, lack of any leads," Officer James H. Lins said yesterday.

The "B" disappeared some time between the evening of Sept. 14 and the morning of Sept. 15. A nearby light fixture also was damaged, he said.

Signature flags have been snatched from the campus before, but never a giant "B." And though there are no suspects, "the hope is that they are extremely enamored with UMBC, but why particularly the letter B, I can't say," said Leland Beitel, associate vice president for administrative affairs.

The new "B" will cost about $1,500, another university official said.

The Columbia company that made the sign is out of business, so the school is taking bids from three companies for a replacement letter.

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