AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas police and the concessionaire Sodexo say they have still not recovered the $20,000 in sales money missing from the North Texas football game on Aug. 30. No one has turned in the cash, but investigators have identified suspects of interest and believe that they had “criminal intent.”They are not naming the suspects or which supposed nonprofit groups they were associated with.
UT makes millions off its athletic concessions so $20,000 may seem a drop in the bucket, but it is a lot of money. Sodexo runs concessions and chooses the nonprofits who help with sales for a cut of the action. And the concessionaire wants that money back.
“At this point we don’t know if they are actual nonprofits engaged in the theft or if it was set up specifically to conduct the theft,” said Lt. Charles Bonnet with the campus police department. “I can tell you I never heard of either of them before.”
Detectives are actively working the case and hope the perpetrators are still around. “We know they have ties to the area but at this point I can’t speculate where they are,” Bonnet added.
Other nonprofits say Sodexo vets them before they get selected, and that a supervisor usually keeps an eye on the cash during the game. This time someone may have slipped through the cracks. The $20,000 figure is an estimate by Sodexo based on how two concession booths usually do.
“Right now we’re basing it on the averages,” Bonnet said. “They average about $10,000 per booth which gives us $20,000 total. We don’t know the actual amount taken.”
If the missing total is greater than $20,000, it could affect the severity of the punishment for those involved. A third degree felony could mean two to10 years, and a fine of up to $10,000. A lesser dollar amount would result in a maximum sentence of two years.