The University of Maine Police Department has charged former student Danica Attean, 20, of Indian Island, with a string of thefts in Hitchner and Aubert halls.
Attean was issued five summonses for theft of a litany of items collectively worth an estimate of at least $2,277, according to UMPD.
“We’ve had several complaints of theft of laptops and some other electronics … from Hitchner Hall and Aubert Hall over the past few weeks,” said UMPD Detective Keith Mercier. “She had also stolen a bunch of textbooks and returned them at the bookstore.”
That action, Mercier said, is what led to Attean’s charges.
“The bookstore got her on camera,” he said.
Mercier believes Attean targeted Hitchner and Aubert halls because she was familiar with those buildings from her time as a student.
“The students in Hitchner aren’t allowed to bring their bags into the lab, so it was kind of an easy target,” he added.
A preliminary list of the items recovered ranges from the trivial to the expensive. Four laptops — a MacBook Pro, a Toshiba, a Compac and an HP — are on the list, as are two iPod Touches, a BIO 208 textbook, an AC adapter, electronics chargers, a backpack, a wallet, earphones and a thumb drive.
“We’re still missing some items,” Mercier said, meaning the total value of the items Attean is suspected of stealing may increase.
The five charges stem from three thefts on March 19, one on March 16 and one on March 12.
According to Mercier, Attean is scheduled to appear in Bangor District Court on May 17