CSU Police Department detectives last week arrested a Fort Collins resident in connection with a string of about 20 on-campus burglaries over the past month totaling $40,000.
After several days and nights of surveillance across campus, officers arrested Daniel Schinner at his home on March 11. After executing a search warrant, they recovered stolen laptops, projectors, calculators, computer hardware items and personal items from university offices, labs and academic buildings.
Schinner told detectives he checked academic buildings for unlocked windows and doors in the early evening hours and raided unlocked rooms for valuables, personal items and food, according to a university press release.
â€œThis is an excellent reminder to the campus community to be certain to lock the doors and windows of offices and laboratories when you arenâ€™t working in them. It is also important to lock academic buildings after they are closed â€“â€“ even if you are working late â€“â€“ and to keep your personal information and valuable items in a secure place at all times,â€ said Wendy Rich-Goldschmidt, CSUPD chief, in the release. â€œWe all share a role in making campus safe and in preventing crime. As always, please call CSUPD immediately if you see someone acting suspiciously.â€
After confessing up to 20 separate burglaries, Schinner was booked on an existing Colorado Department of Corrections warrant for separate CSUPD burglary convictions in 2007 and 2008.
Schinner 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 the release.