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Beaver freshman relocates to room behind bars after dorm burglaries

A Buena Vista University freshman from North Carolina who just landed on campus landed in jail Tuesday on charges that he burglarized seven dorm rooms on move-in weekend.

Police took a report of several burglaries to dorm rooms in Pierce Hall on the campus of Buena Vista University on Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.

An investigation alleges that seven rooms were burglarized on the first floor of Pierce Hall from late on Sunday, Aug. 24 until the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 25.  Cash, personal items and credit cards were reported stolen from the dorm rooms.

Police learned on Aug. 26 that one of the stolen credit cards was used at Walmart, Hibbett Sports, GameStop and the Lehnus Campus Bookstore.

Police obtained security video from Walmart and received images of the suspect and the vehicle he used.  At approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, police located the suspect vehicle parked on the campus of Buena Vista University.

Working in conjunction with BVU Campus Security, police identified the suspect as Justin Todd, 18 of North Carolina. Police located Todd on campus and took him into custody.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, police executed a search warrant in Todd’s dormitory room located at #324 Pierce Hall.  Upon executing the search warrant police located and seized cash, stolen credit cards, and items allegedly purchased with stolen credit cards.

Following an investigation Storm Lake Police charged Todd with seven counts of burglary (class D felony), four counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, forgery (class D felony) and possession of alcohol.  He was booked on a $5,000 bond.

The Storm Lake Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the BVU Security Department and the Walmart Security Department.