The Campus Public Safety Office arrested Joshua Frank Farrell, a 26-year-old Portland Resident, without a permanent address on multiple charges related to the thefts of laptop computers from students studying in the Millar Library, on the Portland State University Campus.
Farrell was known to Campus Public Safety Officers and had been excluded from the campus on April 13 for disruptive behavior. He been identified as a suspect in the theft of 2 laptop computers from the library on May 3rd and May 11 and had been interviewed at the Inverness Jail by CPSO Detective Matt Horton regarding those thefts.
After being released from that facility he was identified as a suspect in the theft of 2 laptop computers from the library on June 5, 2013.
On June 6, 2013 at 8:33 p.m. CPSO Officer Jon Buck observed him on campus. After a short foot pursuit, Farrell was arrested on multiple charges. In his backpack was a laptop computer that had just been stolen from a student at the library.
As students prepare for final examinations, they are reminded to not leave items such as laptop computers and cell phones unattended, even if it is only for a short break. Crime prevention resources are available on the Campus Public Safety website.
Farrell was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges including:
Theft II (2 counts)
Trespass II (3 counts)