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Crime brief: Another case of trespassing reported at Baker Systems

A man who was previously arrested after he was caught living in Baker Systems Engineering appears to have returned.

A female staff member reported criminal trespassing at Baker Systems on Friday at about 12:30 p.m., and officers dispatched to the area found clothes in an unlocked locker and a court notice that belonged to a man who was previously warned against trespassing in OSU buildings, according to a University Police report.

The report notes that the man was previously arrested in early October at Dreese Lab — the Department of Computer Science and Engineering — for trespassing. Some of that man’s personal belongings were found in a locker when he was arrested last month as well.

Along with the clothing and court notice, four cell phones, a phone charger, a laptop and a computer cord were also found.

The lockers had been checked and were empty when the man was arrested.

The man — identified as 28-year-old Demarco Armstead — was arrested for criminal trespassing after he was caught on camera entering Baker Systems Engineering.

The IT manager for the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering — located in Baker — helped set up the hidden camera after students and faculty working in the suite of offices where Armstead was later found living said they would hear noises and see things rearranged.

Breaking and entering

A 41-year-old man was arrested for breaking and entering at the former James Cancer Hospital on Saturday at about 12:30 a.m.

The man was taking items from the hospital offices, according to a University Police report.

When officers arrived at the scene, they examined the rooms where the incident occurred and found the doors to a cabinet of computer wires, keyboards and other computer equipment open.

The man, who had taken several items outside one of the rooms, told officers that he was just planning to look at the equipment he had taken.

The items included a Dell laptop, cables, a laptop case, one computer-mounted camera and a bag containing makeup, according to the police report.

A staff member at Parks Hall, which houses Ohio State’s College of Pharmacy, also reported breaking and entering Monday at 8:45 a.m. The incident was believed to have occurred Friday between 4 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

The staff member reported an Apple iPad that belonged to the college stolen, according to a University Police report.

When officers arrived at the scene, they observed the wood around the lock on the door to be damaged and appeared as if someone had used something to pry the locks, according to the police report.

Thefts

A 26-year-old man not affiliated with the university reported a theft at Ohio Stadium on Sunday that had occurred Saturday between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

The man reported his company had hired a photographer for the OSU-Illinois football game. The man’s company supplied the photographer with a Nikon camera, which included the memory card and battery, and a two-way radio earpiece, according to a University Police report.

Through a phone call, the photographer told the man that she no longer wanted to do the job, and said she left the equipment supplied to her at a table at the press entrance. When the man went to retrieve the equipment, it wasn’t there.

Officers told the man that the situation was a civil case involving a signed contract between his company and a private contractor.

A male staff member at Woody Hayes Athletic Center reported another theft on Sunday at about 9 p.m., according to a University Police report. 

The staff member reported that a chrome OSU game-worn football helmet — that has the number 32 on the back and the number 123 written on the inside in marker — was stolen, according to the police report. It was valued at $717. 

There were nine thefts reported between Oct. 31 and Wednesday evening.

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