Two arrests were made on campus last week by the Department of Public Safety, according to the daily crime logs published by DPS.
The first of these arrests was made in front of the U-Store on University Place shortly after midnight on Monday morning. Ernst Delma, 30, of Princeton, was arrested and charged with defiant trespass. He was also issued a persona non grata, University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua said. Mbugua added that Delma had been issued a previous persona non grata that was still in effect.
Three DPS cars and one Princeton police car were at the scene, according to reporters at the scene. However, the arrest was made solely by DPS.
According to Princeton Police Sergeant Michael Cifelli, the town police were called to the scene to assist DPS and Princeton First Aid with an intoxicated person.
Although the U-Store is technically off-campus, it still falls under the jurisdiction of DPS, according to an agreement of operating procedures formed in May 2013. The details of the agreement were not released to the public. Under the agreement, the Princeton Police Department will not respond to incidents on University property but outside of the main campus. At the time, PPD Captain Nick Sutter said the agreement could serve as an example to other communities dealing with ‘town and gown’ policing.
However, in 2012, a U-Store employee was arrested by the then-Borough police for allegedly engaging in theft and prostitution in the store after hours. Mbugua said the change in police jurisdiction had been a result of the new agreement of operating procedures.
In an unrelated theft earlier last week, a U-Store customer reported that her wallet had been stolen while she was at the store. Its contents were estimated to be $85, according to a press release issued by the PPD.
Last Wednesday evening, Steven McCarthy, 54, of New Brunswick, was charged with defiant trespass in Frist Campus Center and was issued a summons. Mbugua said McCarthy had been issued a persona non grata before as well.
The second of these arrests involved a bicycle theft. Shortly after 6 a.m. on Monday, a student reported to DPS that his bicycle had been stolen from Henry Hall. The suspect, Raleigh Kelly, 50, of Garfield, was then located on Nassau Street by DPS. He was arrested there on charges of theft and possession of burglary tools. Mbugua said the items Kelly had in his possession were related to the bicycle theft.
Four other bicycle thefts were reported in the last week from 1927 Hall, West Garage, Forbes College and Whitman College. Two other reports of shoplifting from the U-Store, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, were filed as well. All of these cases are still under investigation by DPS.