Pennsylvania authorities working to solve a purported crime spree over
a March weekend claim that they have found and charged the persons responsible.
Now, two men stand accused ofburglary and related charges in connection with alleged
thefts in two housing complexes near Penn State University. Both of the accused
men are students at other colleges in the state.
Law enforcement officials say that they were able to isolate images from
security devices on the premises of the housing complexes where the alleged
crimes were carried out. The images supposedly show two men engaged in
illegal activity. Authorities also sought public's assistance in identifying
the men shown in the footage.
Once the recorded images were released, the accused men were supposedly
identified. Police subsequently arrested and charged them with trespassing
and removing personal property from more than 10 different residences.
According to sources, both of the men were visiting the town for a student-initiated
drinking weekend associated with the campus. Officers claim to have found
some of the personal items that were allegedly taken by the students during
the overnight hours of the weekend in question.
Both of the young men, one 22 and the other 23, have already faced arraignment
and are awaiting an upcoming hearing in the next few weeks. In the meantime,
both men may seek to educate themselves as to what options may be available
to them in light of the present circumstances. According to current sentencing
guidelines, the charges for which these men have been accused carry a
possible 20 year prison sentence. Pennsylvania laws will ensure that they
are given every reasonable opportunity to review and challenge any evidence
the prosecutors may present against them concerning the burglary and related charges
Source: statecollege.com, "Alleged state patty's day burglars face up to 20 years in prison", Jennifer Miller, April 4, 2014