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Man held in UMW break-ins

Date published: 2/8/2013



A Fredericksburg resident has been charged with two counts of breaking and entering buildings at the University of Mary Washington.

He is scheduled for a hearing in Fredericksburg General District Court on Feb. 21 for the January offenses.

According to a UMW campus notification, late in the night of Jan. 24, a student witnessed someone trying to commit a break-in at Pollard Hall, which houses the music department.

The student contacted university police, who sent a description to area jurisdictions. Fredericksburg police caught Evan Arensio Williams and detained him until university police arrested him.

Williams, who is not a student, also has been charged with a break-in that occurred in the early hours of Jan. 17 at UMW's duPont Hall, which houses the theater department and faculty offices.

According to Carole Garmon, chairwoman of the Art and Art History Department, a cash box with funds raised by art students was stolen from the office of a faculty member during that incident.

Doug Searcy, vice president of student affairs, said that while he couldn't comment on the crimes specifically, he wanted to express how glad he is that a student had the initiative to alert police after seeing something he knew wasn't right.

University police did not respond to requests for information.

Emily Montgomery: 540/374-5417
Email: emontgomery@freelancestar.com