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Purdue police charge 2 in theft of vacuum cleaner

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue police have arrested two people for allegedly stealing a vacuum cleaner from the university’s Recreational Sports Center.

Paul. S. Petticrew, 19, a freshman in the College of Science from Zionsville, Ind., and James A. Berg 18, a freshman in the School of Management from Shawano, Wis., were arrested Thursday (Nov. 20). Both face theft charges.

According to a police report, surveillance video showed two men using a student identification card to enter the center’s rear turnstile shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 16). The entrance is near a closet in which the vacuum was stored. The video shows the person believed to be Berg leaving the area followed by the person believed to be Petticrew leaving with the vacuum cleaner, valued at about $344.

Theft is a Class D felony, punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

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