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October 15, 2012

GPS tracker leads Buffalo Valley cops to loot taken from Bucknell students

A 21-year-old Lewisburg man who had allegedly been breaking into residences occupied by Bucknell University students was nabbed after the owner of an I-phone taken in the heists alerted police that GPS tracking software indicated the exact address where the loot was being stored.

Police said at just before 5 a.m. on Sept. 15, four Bucknell co-eds reported that someone had broken into their apartment at 31 South Sixth Street while three of the occupants were sleeping upstairs. The fourth occupant was not home at the time.

One of the co-eds told police that she heard a noise at 4 a.m. and went to the landing and yelled down, but went back to bed when no one responded, believing that the noise may have just been another occupant of the apartment returning home. When that fourth occupant did make it home, she found that the residence had been robbed.

Taken were: a 32-inch flat-screen TV, a DVD polayers, a bottle of Three Olive Vodka, a bottle of wines and a bottle of champagne.

Police quickly located the television about 25 yards from the residence. A footprint was discovered near the television. Two days later, police received a report that a DVD player had been ditched behind 617 or 621 Market Street. A sneaker was found with the DVD player. Police said the tread from the sneaker matched the footprint found where the TV had been found.

The most damning clue was to come.

A student who lived at 108 South Sixth Street reported that someone stole a TV, an I-phone and two Macbooks.

That student reported that she had GPS tracking software that indicated her I-phone had been taken to 113 North Third Street.

Officers went to that residence and interviewed the occupants, including Shana Swigart, who allowed police to search the home. While doing so, officers encountered a locked room, which Shana Swigart said was a room her brother Tristan Swigart uses. When police entered, they allegedly found items taken from 108 South Sixth St., 31 South Sixth St., and an I-phone taken from 114 S. Sixth St.

Polie allegedly also located a bottle of Three Olives vodka and an apparent match to the sneaker found by the DVD player.

Tristan Swigart was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, loitering and prowling, and criminal mischief.

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