Former HCC instructor charged with felony theft

May 8, 2010 8:38:57 PM PDT
We're learning more details about the case in which a former Houston Community College System instructor is charged with theft. Court records show it's believed to have started almost 10 years ago. Laptops, hard drives, even cell phones were supposedly taken.

The indictment alleges the theft happened at the downtown offices of HCC. Eyewitness News obtained a copy of the one-page indictment issued last month by a Harris County grand jury. Inside, it alleges 55-year-old Jimmy Vu from 2000 to 2009 unlawfully acquired a slew of electronic items worth approximately $200,000.

The list is extensive and includes an unspecified amount of cash, 36 laptop computers, 111 hard drives, 39 digital cameras, 24 cell phones, 8 televisions, 29 security cameras, 11 digital video disc players, 21 MP3 players and 41 flash drives.

The probable cause notice lists the items as having been obtained through HCC purchase orders then delivered to Vu's home in Sugar Land. The document also lists Vu as an HCC machine processing instructor.

No one answered the door when we went by Vu's home. An unidentified voice talk to us from the outside call box.

"Jimmy went to talk to an attorney," said the voice. "I'm not interested and there's nobody home but me."

Neighbors say Vu is known as a neighborhood safety advocate taking part in neighborhood watch. The Sugar Land Police Department says Vu was a graduate of their Citizen Police Academy alumni association, a post police say Vu resigned.

County documents list Vu as released on $5,000 bond. He's charged with felony theft by a public servant. HCC says Vu resigned about six months ago.


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