WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying individuals who entered a construction site and damaged a door to gain entry to restricted tunnels. The trespassing is believed to have happened between September 11 and September 24. Workers on the Purdue STEM construction site during that time reported damage and missing equipment. According to police, equipment, including hard hats and personal safety harnesses used for above-ground work, were taken.
“Trespassing on a construction site and unauthorized entry into the university’s underground utility tunnels is a serious safety hazard for those who are not properly trained or authorized to enter those areas,” Purdue police chief John Cox said. “Stealing equipment that is designed to keep workers safe on a construction site sets building efforts back, as the workers are unable to perform their duties.”
Security camera photos show the unauthorized individuals who have trespassed onto the STEM site and broken into the tunnel system. Purdue police are asking for help identifying those involved. Anyone with information is asked to call the Purdue University Police Department’s main dispatch number at 765-494-8221 or the WeTip Anonymous Crime Hotline at 800-782-7463 (800-78-CRIME).