A Southern University custodian has been booked on accusations he stole several laptop computers and projectors from the university, authorities said Wednesday.
Brandon D. Square, 31, 9445 El Scott Ave., Baton Rouge, faces three counts of burglary and two counts of theft, according to booking records.
Southern University Police Chief Ronald Stevens said investigators zeroed in on Square after concluding an employee was responsible for the string of thefts.
“It wasn’t like he was staying after hours doing it,” Stevens said. “He was doing it during his working hours, for the most part.”
Stevens said Square had been on staff with the university but did not know for how long.
One of the burglaries occurred last week at the registrar’s office at T.H. Harris Hall.
Workers had been trying to set the office alarm when they noticed two motion sensors on the surveillance cameras in the lobby had been disconnected.
Police reviewed surveillance footage and spotted Square, who had been assigned to T.T. Allain Hall, furtively enter the lobby and make unauthorized entry into offices. He removed and pocketed a motion sensor before approaching the surveillance camera, placed his hand over it and disconnected it, according to court records.
Square also is accused of taking two laptop computers from the School of Nursing.
He had been seen walking there after 5 p.m. recently, checking doors and avoiding others, according to an affidavit for a search warrant.
When a worker confronted him and asked what he was doing, he claimed he was there to take out the trash.
Square then “left out with the trash but didn’t empty it,” the affidavit says.
Square was charged with illegal possession of stolen things earlier this year after he allegedly pawned a stolen television. Court records show he has previous convictions dating back to 2001 for cocaine possession, battery and other property crimes.
Ed Pratt, a university spokesman, declined to comment late Wednesday on whether the university conducts criminal background checks for custodians, saying he was not familiar with that particular hiring procedure.