Police ID suspect in theft spree at CU Boulder and Aurora campuses and Colorado School of Mines

Raymond Hamilton wanted on theft arrest warrant

BOULDER, Colo. - University of Colorado police have identified a 26-year-old man as a suspect in a string of thefts at the CU campuses in Boulder and Aurora and the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

CU-Boulder police spokesman Ryan Huff said Monday that Raymond Webster Hamilton, 26, of Denver, is wanted on an arrest warrant in connection with the theft of an iPad from the CU-Boulder Visual Arts Complex office on July 25.

Hamilton is accused of pawning the iPad at a Lakewood pawn shop just hours after it was stolen from the CU campus, Huff said. Hamilton has an arrest warrant out of Lakewood for pawning stolen property, possessing stolen property and parole violation.

He is also wanted for questioning in a rash of wallet thefts at the three university campuses.

Hamilton is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds. Police ask anyone who knows Hamilton's whereabouts to call CU police dispatch at 303-492-6666.

CU-Boulder police issued this chronology of the theft spree:

  • On Oct. 17, someone stole five wallets and a laptop from CU-Boulder academic building offices and the University Memorial Center.
  • On Oct. 19, someone stole three wallets from offices at the Colorado School of Mines. The campus police have identified Hamilton as a person of interest in at least one of those thefts.
  • On Oct. 24, someone stole wallets and purses from 14 offices at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Surveillance video of the suspect resembles Hamilton.
  • From Oct. 2 to Oct. 20, CU-Boulder police recorded 15 cases of a suspect or suspects stealing laptops and wallets from common areas or unlocked offices.

"Students and employees should not allow their valuable items to go unattended," said CU-Boulder Police Chief Joe Roy. "Doing so provides thieves a crime of opportunity."

In an unrelated case, the CU-Boulder and Arvada police departments recently identified a CU-Boulder student as a suspect in the theft of wallets from the hockey locker rooms at the CU Recreation Center and Apex Center in Arvada. The student, Christopher David Gudmundson, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of felony burglary and 12 counts of theft. He is not suspected in the CU academic building thefts.

Those who have information on these crimes but wish to remain anonymous can contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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