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Posted on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 : 5:24 p.m.

Man arrested in theft of laptop and iPhone from U-M library

By Kyle Feldscher

A 26-year-old Ann Arbor man was jailed Friday afternoon after allegedly stealing a laptop and phone from the Hatcher Graduate Library, and police are investigating him as a suspect in multiple other campus larcenies.

University of Michigan Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said police were dispatched at 1:30 p.m. Friday to the library, located at 913 South University Ave. The officer on scene made contact with a student who had his iPhone and laptop stolen from the building.

The officer worked with the student to activate tracking software on the iPhone and they were able to relay information to other officers, alerting them the phone was at the Ann Arbor District Library’s downtown branch, Brown said.

At 1:45 p.m., officers showed up at the library and located the 26-year-old man with the laptop and phone, Brown said. He was placed under arrest on outstanding warrants from other police agencies and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail.

Brown said he’s a suspect in multiple other campus larcenies. She reported earlier on Friday that nine laptops and two tablets had been stolen from the Hatcher library since Monday.

Approximately 100 laptops have been reported stolen from locations on the university’s campus since the beginning of the year, more than double the year-to-date amount from last year.

Police are upping their patrols in university libraries and are encouraging students to never leave their items unattended, even for a short period of time.


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Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at kylefeldscher@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.