Troy Sennet, Matthew Stringer busted for looting CU buildings after floods

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Big photos, video below.
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 not one but two arrests of guys allegedly 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.

Not to mention allegedly taking advantage of a natural disaster. Here are mug shots of Stringer and Sennet.

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Matthew Stringer.

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Troy Sennet.

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troy146
troy146

The alleged crime had absolutely no correlation to the floods, the implied incident occured approximately a month before. I understand you want to express opinion, but perpetuating false information is simply called lying. Get your facts straight and know what you are talking about before you share your views

revillare
revillare

Ha, ha, funny. If it was two blacks people would be ranting "those monkeys." But we see both black and white...so..."dirtbags, losers, scum."

Please...these guys are thieves, plain-and-simple, who tried to take advantage of an opportunity they found. Now they are caught and THEY lose.

But, there are prisons and police and a legal system for reasons that are quite obvious. So WHY the "holier-than-thou?"

greggor63
greggor63

What assholes. Bad enough the floods, but these scumbags looting is just senseless. Lock em up and call it a day.

xyzabc
xyzabc

When my girlfriends parents were evacuated because of the flood in Boulder they fled their home without securing it before they left to come stay with us.  When I accompanied them back to Boulder the following day to secure the home and collect valuables, I was armed.  I've never open carried in Boulder before, but that day I was.

Lissa Harpster
Lissa Harpster

Dumbshits for taking advantage of a sad situation! Glad that that were caught!

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Guess we need some vigilantes to patrol!

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

I know they displayed the Caucasian offender on their site. But they chose to not display him on Facebook. Westword is champion of Political Correctism and their oversight is inconsistent.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice

These are the things we hate to hear.

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

Why doesn't Westword display the picture of the Caucasian offender?

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

These guys are innocent! CU professor Dennis Mileti has written extensively about how looting never occurs after natural disasters . If you don't believe me, google him! I think he's full of shit, but he earns money peddling this lie!

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

people who take advantage of devastating situations such as this should be used to find land-mines in post war villages across the world.

Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker

Losers don't quit just because others suffer...the measure of a man is his actions... not much to measure here.. LOSERS

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@xyzabc Thanks for sharing your experiences, xyzabc. We're going to highlight them in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

stuka1
stuka1

@Daniel J. King IV <--- idiotic racist pig

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