TheStar.com: RIO DE JANEIRO—A laptop and team shirts have been stolen from Australia’s accommodation at the Olympic athletes’ village while the building was being evacuated because of a small fire, the head of the team’s delegation at the Rio Games said Sunday.
Kitty Chiller said other computer equipment was “rifled through” but was left behind during the theft on Friday.
She said security seems to have improved, but called the theft “concerning.”
Security is high on a long list of many problems — including the Zika virus, water pollution and slow ticket sales — that are confronting South America’s first Olympics.
“When you’ve got 15,000 beds, you’ve got a lot of people walking around the village,” Chiller said. “I’m not accusing anybody, but there’s a lot of non-accredited — if you like — workers, cleaners, housecleaners, and maintenance workers walking around.”
She said “unfortunately, theft is going to be inevitable.” MORE