Two men were arrested last week after state police say they stole a laptop from the dorm room of a student at Valley Forge Christian College.
According to court documents, on Jan. 31, a student at the college reported to state police that his Macbook had been stolen from his room in building 24 of the Charlestown campus. The man told police that he left his room at 11:18 that morning, and that when he returned his laptop was missing.
Police accessed surveillance footage and saw Ryan Alexander Crumpton, of Greensburg, North Carolina, attempt to enter the room in question at 10:54 a.m., but, realizing that the eventual victim was still in it, back off and continue down the hallway.
At 11:44 a.m., with the victim gone, Crumpton again approached the room as surveillance footage showed co-defendant Michael Pritchett, 23 and of Millsboro, Delaware, ascend the building’s center staircase. The security camera that recorded the victim’s floor, and sat at the top of the staircase, then went black for 20 seconds.
At 11:45 a.m., police say footage showed Crumpton walking in a dorm hallway with a laptop-sized bulge in his shirt.
Later that afternoon, police interviewed Pritchett and say he admitted to playing a role in the alleged crime. He said he covered the camera for Crumpton, who then executed the burglary.
Crumpton and Pritchett were arrested on Jan. 31 and were each charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, and theft by unlawful taking. The pair face preliminary hearing on Thursday.