During the summer, foot traffic on UNM’s campus is usually down; but because of construction police say some crooks are taking advantage.
“With some many construction companies, makes for a lot of visitors,” UNM Police Lt. Trace Peck said.
UNM Police Department said Jose Barron, 24, was caught on campus for the second time in two weeks. Both times in places where he’s not allowed.
“We got a call that a subject was in Johnson Center going through lockers,” Lt. Peck said.
Barron is no stranger to UNMPD. The last time they caught him here on campus, he was posing as a construction worker.
“He said he was with the construction crew, turned his back and started walking away,” Lt. Peck said.
According to a criminal complaint, that two weeks ago. Staff at the Student Union Building found Barron going through closed doors.
Barron was arrested on warrants and cited for trespassing.
Then Thursday, police got another call saying someone had snuck into Johnson Center and was “going through student lockers.”
Part of the gym is under construction and employees were able to follow him outside.
“Officers made contact with him and when he recognized one of the officers who had arrested him a week prior, the foot chase was on,” Lt. Peck said.
UNMPD said officers chased Barron, who was wearing backpack when he took off, and when they finally caught up to him, everything inside was his.
“Being an open campus it’s a frustration that we’re seeing quite regularly,” Lt. Peck said.
Lt. Peck said they’ve talked with all the construction crews to remind them to wear their credentials or company logos at all times.
Barron was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and for eluding officers. The police department is looking to issue a formal ban on Barron, that must first go through university regents.