Published: Nov. 12, 2012
Raymond Webster Hamilton

Contact: Ryan Huff, Communications Manager, Police Department 303-492-7581 / ryan.huff@colorado.edu

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department has identified a suspect wanted in connection with the theft of an iPad over the summer. This suspect is also wanted for questioning in a pattern of recent wallet thefts at three university campuses: CU-Boulder, CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the Colorado School of Mines.

CU-Boulder police worked with Lakewood police to obtain an arrest warrant for Raymond Webster Hamilton, 26, of Denver. He is not a CU student. He has active warrants out of Lakewood (providing false information to a pawn broker), Denver (possessing stolen property) and the Department of Corrections (parole violation).

Hamilton is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds. If you know of Hamilton’s whereabouts or see him on campus, contact CU Police dispatch at 303-492-6666.

The following is a chronology of recent thefts at the three universities:

  • Hamilton pawned an iPad just hours after it was stolen from a CU-Boulder Visual Arts Complex office on July 25, 2012.
  • As a result of that case, Hamilton has an active arrest warrant for pawning stolen property (a Class 6 felony) to a Lakewood pawn broker.
  • On Oct. 17, 2012, someone stole five wallets and a laptop from CU-Boulder academic building offices and the University Memorial Center.
  • On Oct. 19, 2012, someone stole three wallets from offices at the Colorado School of Mines. A CSM Police Department investigation determined that Hamilton is a person of interest in at least one of those cases.
  • On Oct. 24, 2012, someone stole wallets and purses from 14 offices at CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Surveillance video of the suspect resembles Hamilton.

From Oct. 2 to Oct. 20, 2012, CU-Boulder police recorded 15 cases of a suspect or suspects stealing laptops and wallets from common areas or unlocked offices. For a Google Map with dates, locations and stolen items, see http://bit.ly/Oct2012CUthefts.

“Students and employees should not allow their valuable items to go unattended,” said CU-Boulder Police Chief Joe Roy. “Doing so provides thieves a crime of opportunity.”

CU-Boulder police recently solved an unrelated theft case from late September. The CU and Arvada police departments identified an individual who stole wallets from hockey locker rooms at the CU Recreation Center and Apex Center in Arvada. CU-Boulder student Christopher David Gudmundson was arrested on suspicion of three counts of felony burglary and 12 counts of theft. He is not suspected in the CU academic building thefts.

The CU-Boulder Police Department reminds the campus community to keep lockers and offices secured when unattended. In common areas, such as dining facilities, libraries or the University Memorial Center, never leave laptops, mobile phones or other valuable items unattended – even if just stepping away for a few minutes.  For more crime prevention tips, see http://police.colorado.edu/crime-prevention-and-safety.

Those who have information on these crimes but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers website at http://www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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