Four students admit to crimes at Purdue construction site

Purdue University police have identified four men in connection to a string of break-ins and thefts at a construction site.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 5:57 AM
Updated: Oct 4, 2019 6:27 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University police have identified four men in connection to a string of break-ins and thefts at a construction site.

Police said William Long, 19, Landon Clouser, 19, Jason Lee, 18, and Josh Roiter, 18, all admitted to the crimes. All the men are underclassmen at Purdue.

According to PUPD, multiple break-ins happened between Sept. 11-24 at the new Purdue STEM construction site on University Street. Police said the men stole equipment belonging to the contractor and damaged a temporary door to get access to the university's tunnel system. 

Chief John Cox says the case report and possible charges of burglary, theft and trespassing have been forwarded to the county prosecutor.

“Trespassing on a construction site and making unauthorized entry into our utility tunnel system is dangerous,” Cox said. “This investigation took a lot of time and resources from several groups, including our patrol and criminal groups at PUPD and officials from Wilhelm construction.”

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