Matthew Stringer busted for looting CU buildings after floods

The flooding that's swamped Colorado in recent days has resulted in loss of life, thousands of evacuations, enormous property damage and ministerial claims about prophecies and God's wrath. But there have been relatively few reports about looting.

Until now. The CU-Boulder campus is open today, but it's been closed since Thursday — and over the weekend, university police made two arrests, with one related to snatching stuff from shuttered buildings. Photos and a video below.

At about 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, according to the CUPD, an officer on foot patrol saw a man subsequently identified as Matthew Stringer, 44, inside the the Ramaley Biology building.

The cops describe Stringer as a 44-year-old transient who's been arrested for burglary at the CU campus on multiple occasions — and this time around, a search of his backpack revealed a laptop, a cell phone and an iPod that he'd apparently lifted.

As for bust number two, it actually had its roots in crimes that predated the flooding. The CUPD reveals that eight laptops had been stolen from the Engineering Center and Cristol Chemistry buildings over a span of about two weeks — and in an attempt to catch the scofflaw, the CUPD posted surveillance footage to YouTube showing a person identified as a suspect. Here's the clip:

An employee with the university's facilities management team is among those who saw the video — and at 2:30 p.m. yesterday, he saw someone walking near the Gates Woodruff Women's Studies Cottage along Norlin Quad who matched the description of the clip's star. Indeed, the CUPD says the man — Sennet, 43 and also a transient with a reportedly extensive criminal history of theft, burglary and trespassing — was wearing what appeared to be the same pants and shoes as the person in the video.

Stringer faces allegations of trespassing and unlawful conduct |(additionally, he's named in a current Department of Corrections fugitive warrant), while Sennet was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft between $2,000 and $20,000, and false reporting to authorities.

Here is a mug shot of Stringer.

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