May 14, 2007
By Tom Bosco
Ohio University Police Department officers arrested an Ohio University sophomore late last week and found stolen items in his residence hall room.
Thomas Martin Collins was arrested Thursday without incident and was arraigned Friday morning in Athens Municipal Court. Collins is in the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.
The 19-year-old Collins, from Pickerington, Ohio, is charged with receiving stolen property and aggravated robbery. A search of Collins' room in Pickering Hall turned up wallets, personal electronic devices, cell phones, drugs, cash, cameras and laptop computers. Some items recovered in the search were reported stolen in other crime incidents.
Collins was arrested about 5 p.m. Thursday night in the garage of Brown Hall. That came hours after OUPD released a crime alert detailing an assault and robbery early that morning. In that incident, a male contacted OUPD and said he was assaulted and robbed by a group of males, including an acquaintance of the victim, about 4 a.m.
"We're pleased with the swift action taken by the Ohio University Police Department and Chief Mike Martinsen's officers," said Richard Carpinelli, associate vice president for student affairs. "That this suspect was arrested less than 24 hours after OUPD got word of the incident is a tribute to their hard work. The safety of every student, faculty member, staffer and community member on our campus is our top priority."
President Roderick McDavis placed Collins on immediate interim suspension.
"The prompt arrest was the direct result of our campus community working together in response to the posted Crime Alert," Martinsen said.