Man arrested for stealing UA computers

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A man that police have connected to the recent streak of campus computer thefts has been arrested.

Derek C. Llewellyn, 21, of the 2700 block of North Martin Avenue, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of non-residential burglary and one count of theft over $500, said University Police Detective Sgt. Sal Celi.

Police served a search warrant on Llewellyn's residence after investigating the string of thefts that have primarily been from offices in McClelland Hall.

More than $20,000 in confirmed and suspected stolen property was recovered, Celi said. Some of the items matched two specific campus burglaries, and one of the items was reported stolen earlier that same morning, Celi said.

Police also found keys at Llewellyn's home that allow access to university buildings and offices.

"No matter how good (security) is, if keys are out there, it is going to affect the integrity of security," Celi said.

Celi said Llewellyn was not cooperative when he was arrested and did not explain how he had obtained the items. The investigation is continuing, and Celi said Llewellyn or others could also be implicated in other burglaries that have occurred on campus.

"The evidence points to accomplices," Celi said. "We anticipate further arrests."

Celi also said he advises people to contact UAPD if they have purchased computer equipment under awkward or suspicious circumstances.

"We don't want people to think they will be arrested if they come forward," Celi said. "But suspicious items may have been stolen from the university."

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