On Thursday, Feb. 25, UVU Police arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of approximately 18 multimedia projectors in Utah and Salt Lake counties. Two of the suspects were taken into custody by UVU police while working with the Pleasant Grove Police Department to locate the suspects. A third suspect was taken into custody by Salt Lake Community College police.
“We actually saw one of the suspects’ vehicle at a gas station,” said Sgt. Justin Sprague of UVU police. “We were able to go over and make the arrest without incident.”
According to Sprague, the second Utah county suspect was taken into custody at his home where he was hiding under the porch.
The projectors were taken over a 3-4 week period from several classrooms at UVU and Salt Lake Community College campuses, as well as from the Orem Institute of Religion. The exact cost of the thefts has not yet been determined.
“The projectors range from $1,500 to $2,500 a piece in value,” said Detective Liddillard of UVU police.
The arrests were made as part of a cooperative effort between UVU and Pleasant Grove police departments, as well as Utah Highway Patrol.
The projectors are mounted on the ceiling as part of a multimedia system found in many classrooms at all three locations. So far, three of the projectors have been recovered.