UVM police investigating campus burglaries

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 10:57 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The University of Vermont Police are investigating a string of recent burglaries on campus that are starting to add up.

Kenny Phillips and Hunter Livingston have been busy setting up UVM dorm rooms for the fall. The UVM employees say that the other day they noticed their office in Coolidge Hall was missing a collection of odd items. “I was the one that discovered that most of the stuff was stolen in the office. It was weird,” Phillips said. “Mirror, tiki bar sign, two pairs of scissors, phone charger, car keys, toaster oven.”

“I guess it’s odd actually. It’s kind of surprising that it’s happening at UVM, because usually, stuff like that doesn’t happen,” added Livingston.

But police say it wasn’t just things in their offices. “We had another separate date -- Friday night -- where someone had entered Patrick Gym and taken the camera and audio,” said UVM Police Chief Tim Bilodeau. He says the audiovisual gear taken from the athletic department was valued at $20,000.

Bilodeau says there were two other incidents where electric vehicles were stolen -- one early in the month and one this past weekend. “The electric GEM cars were taken and driven around Burlington and dropped on Pine Street,” he said.

Bilodeau says they are concerned with the campus being hit multiple times. “We know property crime is not a major deal. On the other hand, it’s an issue when they keep going back to the same place,” he said.

Authorities say they happened at Coolidge Hall, Patrick Gym, and the Redstone Campus. Several digital video cameras used for UVM athletic events were taken along with some other camera equipment. Two small university-owned electric vehicles were also taken from a lot on the Redstone Campus. They were later found abandoned.

Police do not know if the thefts are connected.

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