Suspects apprehended in campus laptop thefts
Remember all those thefts that happened around campus a couple of weeks ago? Members of ADP, Theta, and even a few unlucky Hartley residents were in for a world of hurt when they returned to their rooms and found their laptops and other expensive electronics missing. To recap: everyone freaked out, Public Safety sent out a weird security alert, and students began locking their doors just to go to the bathroom.
Well now it looks like we can all rest a bit easier—it’s been reported that CU Public Safety and the 26th Precinct have arrested three suspects believed to be responsible for the thefts.
Vice President for Public Safety James McShane wrote, “I am happy to report that Public Safety and the 26th Precinct detectives effected the arrest of those responsible for the wave of laptop larcenies in recent weeks … All are to be commended for this outstanding team effort!” in an email sent to administrators last Tuesday.
The arrest, which was provoked by a student recognizing one of the suspects from the aforementioned security alert, will see the three suspects charged with grand larceny, a felony which carries a minimum prison sentence of a year.
“It was a student tip and the other interesting thing was that all of the rooms where they stole the laptops from were unlocked,” points out dean of community development and multicultural affairs, Terry Martinez.
Also notable is the fact that none of three suspects seem to be affiliated with the university in any way. They just sort of posed as students.
I think the takeaway message here is to be smarter about our belongings. While it’s certainly a scary thought that some people just aren’t who they say they are, maybe it’s finally time we stop signing strangers into our dorms?
Check out Abby Mitchell’s full article over at News for more details and reporting.
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