CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A West Liberty man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Cedarville University.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says Andrew Davis, 30, was arrested in Indiana Tuesday on safe cracking, grand theft and breaking and entering charges.
Investigators say Davis worked for a food service company that served the university. He is accused of breaking into an administrative building on three separate occasions, stealing cash each time. The most recent incident on Saturday, August 9 netted $30,000.
Police found $20,000 when they searched Davis’s home and car. Officials say the other $10,000 was spent on a pick up truck, U-Haul trailer and a safe for the stolen money.
“Through good police work, police in Cedarville identified the suspect, and we helped track the individual down to Indiana,” said Attorney General Mike DeWine. “This arrest is the result of the excellent teamwork between state and local authorities, university security, and authorities in Indiana.”
Cedarville police officials say this is not Davis’s first heist.
“We have three times definite and that– he even admitted to the officer that he said yes that he was involved,” Chief Chris Gillaugh said.4
Officials say Davis took money last December and again in early this month: once $800 and $300 dollars.
But this time, officials say he went for Cedarville’s largest theft, $30,000, to date according to the Police Chief.
University police say typically that much cash isn’t kept in offices.
They also say security is tight, but university police believe some crooks will try their luck and now there’s a message for them.
“You know, our message to people that would think about things like this is there’s some really good technology out there today. Think twice, you’re gonna get caught,” said Douglas Chisholm, director of safety for the campus.
And in fact as Chisholm has warned and predicted, Davis was arrested.
The two police departments teamed up with Indiana police and Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) agents to track the man from Cedarville to Bellefontaine to West Liberty and finally crossing state lines to Indiana.
Chief Chris Gillaugh who recognized the man in surveillance video and knows him personally says Davis has never been in trouble with the law before.
“This young man does not have a drug problem. He does not have an alcohol problem. He’ got a thieving problem he– you know– he has graduated himself up into where he’s enjoying this. This gives him a high that a drug would give,” he said.
Davis is currently in jail in Peru, Indiana awaiting extradition back to Greene County.
Prosecutors will decide on formal charges.