Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Public Safety officer Bob Stephano was making his regular rounds last Sunday when he stumbled upon a crime-in-progress: he observed four suspects gathered at the back of the stage in the Lang Performing Arts Center.
Quietly moving around to the main door to the building, Officer Stephano intercepted the individuals. While the suspects claimed to be Swarthmore College students, they offered false ID cards and Officer Stephano noticed cables trailing from a laptop case carried by one of the four males, aged 18-25.
“When he saw the cables, he called for Public Safety and Officer Dominick Martino and the police arrived,” said Director of Public Safety Owen Redgrave. Redgrave believes that LPAC was open, which allowed the four to enter without triggering alarms.
Upon further investigation, three sound cables from LPAC were found in the bag, and the man with carrying the cables admitted to theft. His cohorts were charged with disorderly conduct.
While none of the suspects were Swarthmore residents, they all lived within a fifteen minute drive of the College.