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IT staff at IPFW teams up to bag burglary suspect

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

If the criminal charges against a 36-year-old Auburn man are true, he picked the wrong IT department to mess with last week.

IPFW Police were called to the university’s Information and Technology Services about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, where they found a dean, a professor and several members of the IT staff clustered around Curtis Lee Parker.

A professor told police that he was surprised when he came back to his office and saw a light on. He tried to open the door, but found it blocked by a drawer of a file cabinet that was open. The person inside eventually closed the drawer, and the professor entered his office and asked the man inside what he was doing there.

When the stranger in his office explained that he was looking for a bathroom, the professor was not entirely satisfied. His suspicion deepened abruptly when he saw a tin box in which he kept $50 or $60 worth of quarters sticking out of the stranger’s pocket.

The professor told police that the intruder in his office bolted, but the professor chased him, caught him and pinned him against a wall in the hallway. The intruder squirmed out of his grip and ran again, but he was blocked and then tackled by other members of the IT staff.

Police reported that Parker first tried to say that he was actually his brother, an IPFW student. His driver’s license, issued to Curtis Lee Parker, undermined that claim, and police said he had three tattoos that matched tattoos described in a warrant for probation violation for Curtis Lee Parker: a scorpion on his neck, a woman on his chest and a clown on his calf.

According to documents filed Wednesday in Allen Superior Court, he faces charges of burglary, a Class C felony; theft, a Class D felony; battery, a Class A misdemeanor; and false, informing, a Class B misdemeanor.