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Thefts Adding Up at Villanova Field House

Recently, seven Villanova University students had cash taken out of their lockers inside the women’s field hockey locker room, which is in the basement of the field house.

Radnor Police are investigating a number of thefts from the Jake Nevin Field House at Villanova University over the past few months.

A laptop valued at $1,500 was stolen from a backpack in the Jake Nevin Field House at Villanova University while its owner was helping with the Special Olympics event at the college on Nov. 3.

An office in the Field House was broken into and a $3,000 computer stolen sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 8:45 a.m. the following day. According to a police report, someone removed several screws that held a grate to the office door in order to enter through it. The grate had been replaced, but only two of the screws were put back to hold it up.

Another Villanova employee reported that a laptop computer was stolen from his office at the Field House sometime between 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 and 10:30 a.m. the following day. The university-owned computer is valued at $2,700.

There was a rash of stolen laptops from the Jake Nevin Field House in 2012.

Residents of the Old Oaks neighborhood near Villanova University witnessed a manhunt in late November. That evening, Villanova’s Public Safety called Radnor Police for the report of a possible trespassing. When police entered the university’s sports complex, they saw a man who ran away from them. He ran towards Garrett Hill and was eventually found near the Radnor House condominiums, according to Lt. Christopher Flanagan.

That man may have been caught, but about a week prior police unsuccessfully chased a suspicious man while they were at Villanova on assignment during a basketball game.

Video surveillance on various Wednesdays and Sundays seem to show one man popping up in the area (always with another person), said Radnor Det. T.J. Schreiber. Police are working to identify that man.

Recently, seven Villanova University students had cash taken out of their lockers inside the women’s field hockey locker room, which is in the basement of the field house.

The room is locked and only accessible by key or touch pad, according to the police incident report. The thefts took place on Nov. 15 between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 22 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The missing cash totaled $170.

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