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NDSP detains man in cell phone theft

Justin Tardiff | Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) arrested a man who fled campus after stealing a student’s cell phone Wednesday March 4, according to Dave Chapman, assistant director of NDSP.

The man was detained on Notre Dame Avenue after a student reported his cell phone stolen in the Hesburgh Library, he said. The student gave a description of the adult male, which allowed NDSP to catch the man off-campus.

The man was charged with a Class D felony after the police recovered the stolen cell phone, Chapman said.

Chapman said the student left his cell phone unattended on a table in the second floor of the Library. The student told police he saw the man take the phone from a distance.

“The subject yelled, ‘hey that’s my phone,'” Chapman said. “But the guy took off and left the Library.”

Chapman said the student immediately called NDSP and gave a description of the man, which led to the recovery of the phone.

“I want to commend the student for calling us right away,” Chapman said.

He said quick action by the student as well as NDSP led to the capture of the man.

Chapman said campus thefts of this nature are rare.

“It happens infrequently, but it does happen,” he said.