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A TCU student reaches for a Celsius from a vending machine- a refreshing boost amidst a hectic day of lectures and exams. (Kelsey Finley/Staff Writer)
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By Kelsey Finley, Staff Writer
Published Apr 18, 2024
College students seem to have a reliance on caffeine to get them through lectures and late night study sessions, but there are healthier alternatives to power through the day.

Student caught stealing, admits to Rec Center thefts

A student, caught in the act of stealing Monday at the University Recreation Center, admitted to 14 prior thefts that have been reported in the building since Aug. 23, TCU Police said.Since the beginning of the academic year, there have been 14 instances where valuables have been stolen from the storage compartments at the south end of the weight room in the Rec Center, TCU Police Sgt. Kelly Ham said.

Ham said a group of people in the weight room caught the suspect stealing items from a compartment at about 12:15 p.m. Monday.

After being questioned, the student then admitted to each of the 14 thefts in question, Ham said.

Police cannot name the student suspected of the crime until charges are filed, Ham said.

Before then, he said, TCU Police will contact each person who reported having items stolen so they can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to file criminal charges or let the university handle disciplinary action for the suspect.

During the six months that the student said he has been stealing items from the Rec Center, he has accrued more than $2,020 worth of items, Ham said.

He said the suspect has sought cash in each case. At times, cash was taken and the wallet or purse was returned to the storage compartment, Ham said. In other cases, wallets or purses were taken with the cash and everything else but the cash was later left behind.

Because the suspect was detained before being able to leave the building Monday, Ham said, the suspect couldn’t steal anything.

A woman who answered the phone Tuesday at the Rec Center said Rec Center officials would not comment on the incident and forwarded comment to TCU Police.

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