As you are aware, there were a few thefts that occurred on campus in April and September of this year. NEOMED police officers spent about 150 hours investigating these thefts but were not able to identify a suspect.
However, due to their diligent investigative work and using communication channels throughout the state, our officers received information on Oct. 26 that enabled them to identify the suspect. The suspect is currently jailed in western Ohio on burglary charges, and the NEOMED Police Department has additional charges pending on the suspect.
This suspect has an extensive criminal history and was traveling around the state of Ohio unlawfully entering businesses, hospitals and universities to commit theft.
It appears that the suspect likely entered the campus by piggybacking off someone else’s badge swipe into main campus. The police department would like to remind everyone that campus safety and security is dependent on everyone’s involvement. This is a good reminder of why it is important not to hold a door open for someone you don’t know and to report to the police department anyone trying to gain access to campus without a badge or anyone that looks out of place in our buildings.
-- Submitted by Kali Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org.