Mar 292010
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

A Fort Collins resident was arrested March 11 by the CSU Police Department in connection to 20 on-campus burglaries over the past month.

Authorities arrested David Schinner in his home after police executed a search warrant and found $40,000 worth of recovered items including laptops, projectors, calculators, computer hardware and personal items.

Schinner told detectives he accessed Clark, Wagar and the Engineering Buildings in the early hours each evening and ransacked unlocked rooms and offices for valuables, personal items and food. He also admitted to memorizing custodial schedules.

“He (Schinner) was taking advantage of unlocked rooms, and it is another reminder to make sure doors are locked when they are supposed to be,” said CSU spokesperson Dell Rae Moellenberg.

Schinner confessed to up to 20 separate burglaries and was booked on an existing Colorado Department of Corrections warrant for separate CSUPD burglary convictions in 2007 and 2008.

He was charged with 12 counts of second-degree burglary, a class 4 felony, and one combined count of felony theft of more than $20,000, a class 3 felony, according to a university press release.

“This is an excellent reminder to the campus community to be certain to lock the doors and windows of offices and laboratories when you aren’t working in them. It is also important to lock academic buildings after they are closed –– even if you are working late –– and to keep your personal information and valuable items in a secure place at all times,” said Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, CSUPD chief, in the release.

“We all share a role in making campus safe and in preventing crime,” she said. “As always, please call CSUPD immediately if you see someone acting suspiciously.”

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