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Man arrested for Ohio State residence hall burglary

Columbus Police have made an arrest that could be related to a string of technology thefts that have occurred on Ohio State campus in recent weeks.

Ethan Wilkins, who is not affiliated with Ohio State, was arrested Monday by Columbus Police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Wilkins has been charged for a burglary that occurred in Smith-Steeb Hall, which is located on West 11th Avenue where other burglaries occurred over a string of 10 days between Oct. 21 and Oct. 31.

Wilkins, a Delaware, Ohio resident, was also convicted of third-degree burglary January 2015.

University Police had no additional information regarding other arrests or warrants that might have been issued in regard to the string of thefts in October.

In a university-wide email alert issued last week, University Police advised students to remain vigilant and on alert for any suspicious activity on campus that could be linked to the reported technology crimes.

“We want to remind everyone not to allow unknown persons to piggyback behind them into residence halls,” said Dan Hedman, an Ohio State spokesman, after the recent arrest report.

Computer systems and gaming consoles were among the reported stolen property in Lincoln and Morrill towers, along with Canfield and Park-Stradley halls.

According to Hedman, nine related reports were filed in connection with the burglaries.

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