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Read the advent and look the crime scene map INTRODUCTIONThis task is based upon real crime that emerged at Apple Computer Company in the early on 90’s

It"s the morning of July 5 in the northern The golden state city of Cupertino. You are working the burglary watch, day shift. As commander of the electronic theft department you have actually a team of experts, expert in the repertoire of all kinds of evidence relating to theft of computers and digital stuff. At 9:50 a.m. you obtain a speak to that someone has actually attempted to steal an progressed chip from the Plum Computer Company type of. You and your team respond immediately to the speak to. When you arrive, you uncover that the plant is sealed off and all the unideveloped employees in the plant have actually been confined to a single room, the lounge. Within the hour, the lacking chip is uncovered in an envelope in a pile of mail. The envelope was addressed to Gordon Lidy, the defense chief of a rival computer system firm. A CD was also discovered in the envelope.

Steve Randak, the president, came down on 8:50 this a.m. to find the tone-operated security door to his personal lab open and the protoform of his new computer chip lacking. He instantly pushed the panic switch that cautions defense to close the gates. The guard at the gate reported that no person had actually left the plant given that 8:00 a.m. this particular day. What is the problem? ________________________________Read the Research sectionAnswer questions in the research study sectionWho is the victim? ___________________________________ (hint: who called the police?)What was stolen? ____________________________________When was it stolen? Between ______AM and also _____AM (Hint: No one arrived before 7:00 and the chip was uncovered at 8:50AM) Wbelow did the crime happen? ______________________ (Hint: Think about just how the crime was discovered)

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Was the suspect in or near the lab in between 7:00AM and 8:50AM? (Use your map of the crime scene and ideas to aid you)

Evidence :

Fingerprints, white crystals, CD, or the code to lock, blue fibers

Can the suspect be linked via any type of of the evidence?


Guilty /Innocent

Exsimple your answer

Steve Randak :The President of the Plum Computer Company Time they arrived at work ___________

Time as soon as they were close to or in the lab


Coffee Cart Doug Time they arrived at job-related ___________

Time when they were near or in the lab


Ginny Fletcher: The Lab Assistant at Plum Computer Company Time they came down on occupational _______

Time when they were near or in the lab


Jim Hacker : The Security Guard at Plum Computer Company Time they came down on job-related __________

Time when they were near or in the lab


Cowboy Paul : The Deliincredibly Truck Driver Time they came down on occupational _________

Time as soon as they were close to or in the lab


Research: In order to arremainder a suspect you have to have three things: motive, possibility, and also evidence.

A suspect can not be guilty unless you deserve to prove they had a motive or a factor to commit the crime.

The suspect should have had the opportunity to commit the crime. This implies that they were in the place where the crime was committed throughout the time crime was committed.Evidence is somepoint a criminal leaves behind prefer fingerprints and also fibers. You must be able to affix every one of the proof to the suspect.


Read each clue and write down any kind of information you learned from the hints on your data chartClue #1

Doug, the guy who operates the coffee cart in the parking lot (watch map) reports that he has actually not checked out any strangers this particular day. In truth, this is what he reports: "I saw the defense guard arrive at 7:00 for the transition change, same time as Cowboy Paul"s shipment truck. The security guards came out playing through those night sticks and the Cowboy was listening to that "Hillbilly" music on his CD player, once they came out for a cup of coffee."

When did the coffee man arrive? _______________

(Hint the story starts at 7:00 AM)

When did the protection guard arrive? ______________

When did Cowboy Paul arrive? __________________

Who was listening to the CD player? ___________________________

Which 2 human being were drinking coffees? _____________ and __________

Clue #2

According to Coffee Cart Doug, the lab assistant, Ginny, "arrived at 7:15. I turned the lights on in the office for around 5 minutes, simply prefer constantly. And then about 7:50, the lights came on and also I could check out Ginny functioning in the lab."

When did Ginny arrive? _______________________

When did Ginny go right into the lab? _____________________________

Clue #3

EVIDENCE: The CD that was uncovered with chip had actually a tonal code that opens up the lab door.

(Hint: A tonal lock offers musical notes to open up up the lock)

What was discovered on the CD? ___________________________________

Who had actually a CD player? _________________________________________

Clue #4

Coffee Cart Doug reports: "Then at 8:00 the loading crew arrived and began unloading Cowboy Paul"s shipment truck."

When did the crew pertained to unfill the truck? ___________________

Was Cowboy Paul near the lab when the crew was unloading his truck? _________________________

Clue #5

Coffee Cart Doug reports: "Nobody else came or left till Randak came down on 8:50 which was actually at an early stage for him. Couple minutes later on the police arrived."

When did Randak arrive? _______________________________

Was this his normal time? _______________________________

Clue #6

EVIDENCE: A little blue thcheck out and also white crystals were found on the chip. They are being sent to the lab for experimentation.

What was uncovered on the computer system chip? _________________________ and also ____________________

Clue #7

EVIDENCE: Misc. Evidence: The door to the private lab is secured by a tone lock. Knvery own access is restricted to president and his assistant.

Which two human being understand the code offered to unlock the lab?

___________________ and also ___________________________

Clue #8

EVIDENCE: A smudged fingerprint was discovered in the lab.

What was uncovered inside of the lab? _____________________________

Choose a suspect and write dvery own your hypothesis on that you think did it and also why you think they did it. (make sure you usage facts you found in the advent, research study or the first eight hints as component of your reason) After analysis the initially eight clues, who do you think stole the computer system chip?


(Hint: This is your hypothesis) Read the Clues after the hypothesis (9-16) and answer the inquiries CLUES AFTER THE HYPOTHESIS Write dvery own any type of indevelopment you learned from the hints on your information chart. Clue #9

Ginny reports: "I obtained to occupational at the usual time and also opened the office just prior to 8:00. Nothing inexplicable occurred."

Did Ginny reveal any brand-new information? ________________

Clue #10

Security Guard Jim"s statement: "My transition starts at 7:00; I had a cup of coffee through Cowboy Paul and Buck, the night guy; then I did my rounds and discovered everything was secure."

Did the security guard reveal any kind of brand-new information? _____________

Clue #11

Cowboy Paul"s statement: "I arrived around 7:00 a.m., had coffee with the security guards and waited for the loading crew to unfill my trailer. I was just about to leave once the alarm went off and I obtained locked in.”

Was Cowboy Paul near the lab when his truck was being unpacked? _______________

Clue #12

MOTIVE: Cowboy Paul: Seems to live past his means according to protection guard; drives Porsche and wears Rolex watch. He owns three Kentucky thoroughbred race equines. But he still loves Levis. He demands money.

What is Cowboy Paul’s motive? ____________________________________________

Why does Cowboy Paul need money? ________________________________________

How would stealing the chip help him? ________________________________________

Clue #13

MOTIVE: Security Guard Jim: "Hacker"; desires to be the initially on his block to have brand-new stuff.

What is Jim Hacker’s motive? _______________________________________________

How would certainly stealing the chip aid him? ________________________________________

Clue #14

MOTIVE: Ginny Fletcher: Actually occurred algorithm for this computer chip and also has received no financial or professional recognition for her contribution. She feels shortreadjusted.

What is Ginny Fletcher’s motive? ____________________________________________

How would certainly stealing the chip aid her? ________________________________________

Clue #15

EVIDENCE: Fingerprints: In the lab a single partially smudged print was found and also because all employees have prints on file, it was conveniently ascertained it belonged to someone that does not work-related for the Plum Computer Company kind of.

Which three suspects perform not work-related for Plum Computer Company?

_______________________, ___________________________, and ______________________________


EVIDENCE: Fiber Evidence: A tiny threview that was later on identified by the police as denim was discovered by Randak when he microscopically examined the chip to verify it as his lacking chip. Also discovered were little white crystals of sugar.

Who likes to wear Levis a form of denim? _________________________________

(Hint see clue #12)

Which 3 suspects had coffee or might have actually come in call with sugar that morning? _____________________________, _____________________________ and also _____________________________________

Analysis: Look at your data chart which suspect has actually a motive, chance and also can be associated every one of the evidence: fingerprints, white crystals: sugar, blue fibers: denim, CD, and also the code to the lock.

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Write guilty alongside the guilty suspect and also innocent alongside the various other 4 suspects in the Analysis area on your information chart.Was your hypothesis correct? Yes or No _______________________________(Hint: Your hypothesis is who you thought was guilty before you read every one of the hints. Did you pick the correct suspect prior to reading every one of the clues?)Conclusion:Who is the guilty suspect? _________________________________________________Why execute you think this suspect is guilty? (Hint: List the motive, possibility and also all evidence that proves your suspect is guilty) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Results:What did you learn about using the scientific approach in a actual life scenario? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________