String of thefts hits administrative services building
By Elika Roohi
Sun Star Reporter
The UAF Police Department received notification of a series of thefts that took place from late September to early October in the UAF Administrative Services building on College Road.
Among the items reported stolen were two laptop computers, a digital camera, an iPhone, several iPods and a projector.
The thefts took place throughout the building. This gave police reason to believe that the thief was someone with key access to the entire building.
In response to the thefts, UAF police put up surveillance cameras in the building.
“The cameras recorded a night janitor stealing an iPhone and external hard drive,” said UAF Chief of Police Sean McGee.
The same janitor was also seen looking into an admin services employee’s desk drawer, McGee said.
Following this new evidence, the janitor was detained and a search warrant was executed on both his home and car.
“The individual confessed to some of the thefts,” McGee said.
However, very few of the items were recovered from the searches.
The police department is still receiving reports of stolen items. McGee said that the items stolen are “seldom used.” This means that owners are often late to notice them missing.
Administrative Services declined to comment because the investigation is ongoing.
The janitor in question is facing charges, and is no longer employed at UAF or allowed on campus.