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DePaul sweep nets cache of stolen CTA signs

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May 15, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

The map quest is over. The CTA is reinstating a cache of maps recovered from DePaul students who allegedly stole the signs from CTA trains, the agency said Tuesday.

Nearly 200 stolen signs were discovered during a DePaul sweep this month of university housing units, CTA spokesman Brian Steele said. Some of the signs were maps of the entire system while others were just of the Red Line. Forty-five signs will be reused, Steele said.

The sweep was conducted after the DePaul student newspaper, the DePaulia, published an article in April that quoted students who said they stole maps for sport.

"Some of [the maps] are being put back into use. Some of them were outdated," Steele said. Systemwide maps were recently updated to reflect the new Oakton stop in Skokie, which opened last month, and the Morgan stop on the Green and Pink Lines that is scheduled to open soon.

A DePaul spokeswoman would not discuss if the students would be disciplined.

"Individuals had property that did not belong to them, and it was the right thing to do to secure and return this property to the CTA," DePaul spokeswoman Robin Florzak said in a statement to RedEye. "DePaul expects its students to abide local laws and DePaul student conduct policies, and the university will follow its policies regarding student discipline."

CTA maps retail for $36 on

Said Steele: "While we appreciate the esteem in which these students hold the CTA, we cannot condone the theft of items that are intended for use by all our customers." | @tracyswartz

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