Man steals $800 worth of items from UCF student at RWC
The UCF Police Department arrested Hudson Ferguson III Tuesday after he stole approximately $767 worth of belongings from a student playing basketball at the campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
Roshane Walker, 19, called the police around 11 p.m. Monday to report his gym bag as stolen after he noticed it missing on a bench after a game. The bag included items such as his wallet, iPhone 6, car keys and debit card, according to the arrest affidavit.
UCF PD had the suspect in custody around 1:06 a.m. Tuesday after the student used a GPS tracker app to locate his phone. UCF PD found the suspect and retrieved most of the stolen items in an apartment at the Collegiate Village Apartments on University Boulevard.
Police said Ferguson, 23, who is not a UCF student, admitted to using a friend's guest pass to enter the RWC, saying he took the student's belongings because he needed money for food.
"Ferguson went on to make $110.03 worth of food purchases from local restaurants. He was arrested for third-degree grand theft and transported to the Orange County Jail," said UCF PD spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin.
With theft being the top crime at any college campus, UCF PD encourages students to never leave items unattended and to report any crimes or suspicious activity.
"In the event a crime does take place, we want to remind students that UCF PD is a resource for them. ... Police and the community working together makes UCF safer for everyone," Gilmartin said.
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