on campus keep cops busy
By Greg Boyles
April 22, 2009 | A line of thefts in the Fine Arts
Building at USU has kept police busy for the past few
weeks. Since April 6, five different incidents have
been reported to USU police of property being stolen,
said Steve Milne, USU police captain.
"Thefts have always been our No. 1 problem on campus,"
The items stolen include an oboe, a variety of text
books, an Apple laptop, two-way radio, stereo receivers,
Milne said in all five instances there was no sign
of forced entry, even on the student's locker in which
the oboe was being kept. The other items stolen, Milne
said, were sitting in the open, unaccompanied by anyone.
"We call these crimes of opportunity, which is when
a student, who thinks their belongings are safe, walks
away temporarily, and when they return their belongings
are stolen," Milne said.
Police also believe, due to the timing and proximity
of the thefts, there is a good chance all five cases
were done by the same individual.
While Milne said there are no suspects at this time,
there is one lead which police are following up on.
"We received word of an individual who tried to sell
an oboe to a music store down town within the past few
days," he said.
Because theft is such a large problem on campus, Milne
said it is important for students to keep their belongings
close to them at all times. He said, if students are
going to be away from their property, to lock it up.
Milne said it is also wise to mark property with some
sort of indicator. In similar instances the police have
been able to recover stolen property and return it to
the students because it was marked.