Police received a call for an unidentified male who ran off with a loaf of bread without paying at Boozel Dining Hall on Feb. 4. Director of retail operations for AVI Food Systems, Lisa Rogers, said a student carried the loaf out, a couple witnesses saw the student, and the police are handling it from there.
“As far as what the punishment is for stealing from Boozel, I don’t have an answer,” Rogers said. “We turn the incidents into campus police and they process the case.”
Rogers said theft from Boozel doesn’t happen too often, but when it does the police are always notified. Sneaking in the front without paying or stuffing things in their backpacks are what students try most often, Rogers said.
“Boozel is an all-you-care-to-eat facility while you’re in the building,” Rogers said. “Typically one ‘snack’ item is permitted in your hand when leaving, such as an ice cream cone, cookie, or piece of fruit.”
Mike Simmons, director and chief of University Police, said punishment for theft from Boozel depends on what the management of the dining hall says about the occurrence. The item that was stolen, its value is, and if AVI decides to press charges or not are all considered factors.
“Whether the punishment is a citation or arrest depends on the value of what is taken,” Simmons said.