PUPD arrest juvenile in connection with string of office thefts

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University police on Tuesday (Nov. 30) arrested a 16-year-old Lafayette girl in connection with a series of thefts that occurred in various campus offices in the last week.

Since Nov. 24 police had received five reports of stolen wallets and credit cards from offices in Stewart Center, Pfendler Hall, Dauch Alumni Center and Beering Hall, as well as the Bursar’s Office in Hovde Hall.

Credit cards were used at area businesses soon after they were stolen, Purdue police Lt. Fred Davis said. The girl allegedly attempted to use a credit card at the Tippecanoe County Mall on Tuesday, and a store clerk notified Lafayette police.

Purdue officers, working with Lafayette police, recovered a stolen credit card and cash, Davis said.

The girl was taken to the Tippecanoe County Juvenile Detention Center and was charged with theft, fraud, forgery, possession of stolen property and false informing. The Tippecanoe County prosecutor will decide whether to charge the teen as an adult, Davis said.

In adult court, theft, fraud and possession of stolen property are Class D felonies, punishable by a maximum of three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine for each count. Forgery is a Class C felony punishable by a maximum of eight years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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