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Australians Report Theft from Olympic Village

It happened during a small fire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2016 2:51 PM CDT
Australians Report Theft from Olympic Village
A member of the Croatian Olympic delegation takes looks out from a balcony at the Olympic athletes village in Rio.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – The head of Australia's delegation at the Rio Olympics says a laptop and team shirts were stolen from the team's accommodation at the athletes' village on Friday while the building was being evacuated because of a small fire, the AP reports. Delegation head Kitty Chiller on Sunday called the situation "concerning" but added "unfortunately theft is going to be inevitable" in a compound with 31 buildings and up to 18,000 athletes and staff.

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Australia has been hard hit so far in Rio. It declined to enter the village on the official opening day a week ago, citing gas and water leaks, electrical shorts, and general filth in its building. The team began checking in on Wednesday, but on Friday a small fire broke out in the basement of the building, which forced an evacuation. There were no injuries. (Read more 2016 Olympics stories.)

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