Students arrested for laptop theft

Elissa Vallano

Two Villanova students are making headlines, but not quite in the way the University would like. According to Lower Merion Police, sophomores Michael Huber and Thomas James Buschman have been arrested and charged with stealing $3,430 worth of computer and electronic equipment from Penn State University, Haverford College, Swarthmore College, West Chester University, Bucknell University and Villanova University.

Their crime spree ended on Nov. 12 at Penn State University where Huber of Mount Laurel, N.J., and Buschman of Neenah, Wisc., were caught in the act of stealing. The two are currently spending their time in Centre County jail after waiving a Nov. 24 preliminary hearing, Penn State police said.

According to police, they were responding to a call on a burglary when they found Huber tampering with a computer in the Sparks Building on the Penn State campus at 9:42 p.m. When he resisted arrest, police said Huber had to be restrained with pepper spray.

According to NBC 10, police said the two were wearing latex gloves and had cutting tools and a portable radio with them. Surveillance photos have since linked the two to another Penn State burglary.

Police said they found money and computer equipment in Huber’s and Buschman’s dorm room at Harcum College, where some University students reside. Huber is an engineering student with a full scholarship, and Buschman is an accounting major. According to Public Safety, the two have withdrawn from the University.

Senior Dukes Wooters wasn’t surprised when he heard the news that the two were apprehended.

“The robbery was very well-planned,” he said.

Huber and Buschman have been charged with burglary in Centre County and conspiracy in Lower Merion. The two are currently awaiting trial.

Even though senior Karen Schubert hasn’t had to deal with much theft on West Campus, where she is a resident assistant, she realizes how easy it would be for students to take advantage of a situation.

“As an RA, I actually don’t come across much theft at Villanova at all,” she said. “When I read an article about the students stealing computers, I was shocked at first and my next thought was: I’m surprised it hasn’t happened before. I don’t know about Penn State, but at Villanova I have been to the computer lab in Tolentine to print documents and I have been the only person present. If I needed some quick cash it would be pretty easy to rip off computers.”