WSU students burglarized during winter break, many still unaware - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

WSU students burglarized during winter break, many still unaware

Michael Schaub Michael Schaub

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Pullman man is accused of stealing as many as 1,000 DVDs from college students at Washington State University, many of whom don't even know they are victims because they are still on winter break.

Washington State University will resume classes on Monday, January 11. Many students went home for the campus recess.

Police say it is common to have break-ins and burglaries in student housing when classes end, but this string appears larger than most, according to the Pullman Police Department.

"It's definitely a serial set of burglaries," said Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant.

Michael Schaub was arrested in his Pullman home on January 2 after authorities discovered hundreds of allegedly stolen DVDs in his home.

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One of the homes that was broken into over winter break. This home belongs to a fraternity.

Police also found several flat screen TVs, video game consoles and a shotgun identified as belonging to another man.

Approximately 20 victims have been identified, according to Tennant who says more victims will be identified in the coming days.

"I think we've just kind of scratched the surface a little bit with the fact that most of the victims are out of town," he said.  "Most people won't even know they are victims until they return this weekend."

Anyone who returns to Pullman and finds their home burglarized is asked to call detectives immediately who plan to spend the next few days cataloging the seized items.

Police estimate the value of recovered items, so far, at more than $10,000.

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