2 suspected burglars arrested on CU-Boulder campus while it was closed for flooding
Campus closed over weekend due to flooding
Last Updated: 84 days ago
BOULDER, Colo. - Two convicted burglars were caught trespassing in University of Colorado buildings after the Boulder floods.
On Sunday, campus police arrested Troy Wayne Sennet on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft between $2,000 and $20,000, and false reporting to authorities. Sennet has an extensive criminal history and is believed to be the serial thief who has stolen at least eight laptops from the Engineering Center and Cristol Chemistry buildings during the past two weeks.
In the wake of those thefts, CU Police on Sept. 11 released a YouTube video of a man who stole laptops from the Engineering Center. Police said Sennet, a 43-year-old transient, matches the suspect description and was arrested wearing the same pants and shoes as that of the suspect in the surveillance video.
A Facilities Management employee, who thought he recognized the suspect from the video, contacted police at 2:30 p.m. after seeing the suspect walking near the Gates Woodruff Women's Studies Cottage along the Norlin Quad. Officers contacted Sennet east of the Norlin Library.
On Saturday, police arrested Matthew Jason Stringer for trespassing, unlawful conduct and on a current Department of Corrections fugitive warrant. An officer was on foot patrol around 9 a.m. in the Ramaley Biology building when he saw Stringer and asked why he was in a closed building during a campus closure. Stringer was found with a laptop, cell phone and iPod in his backpack. Stringer, a 44-year-old transient, has been arrested by CU Police for burglary on multiple occasions.
"Throughout this flood, our officers have patrolled campus buildings looking for potential looters and unauthorized individuals. These efforts will continue while the campus recovers," said CU police Cmdr. Robert Axmacher. "We would also like to thank our campus employees for being our eyes and ears and reporting suspicious activity."
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