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September 18, 2003

Woman arrested for alleged theft, fraud

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Police Department today (Thursday, 9/17) arrested a woman who allegedly stole credit cards and checks over the course of a year from users of the Recreational Sports Center.

Lorien A. Knapp, 23, 1616 Center St., Lafayette, was arrested on suspicion of 11 counts of fraud and 10 counts of theft. She is not a Purdue student.

John Cox, captain of special services, said that from May 2002 to July 2003, Knapp allegedly stole several checks and credit cards from unlocked lockers at the sports center. Knapp allegedly then used the credit cards and checks to purchase more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from stores in Lafayette and West Lafayette, Cox said.

Knapp was released from the Tippecanoe County Jail on a $5,000 surety bond.

Cox said it is important that people at the sports center take precautions to lessen the likelihood of having their personal effects stolen.

"This is not the first instance of theft at the Recreational Sports Center," Cox said. "People using the facilities should remember the importance of locking their lockers to protect their belongings."

Forgery is a Class C felony punishable by up to eight years in prison. Theft is a Class D felony punishable by up to three years in prison. Both carry fines up to $10,000.

Writer: Matt Holsapple, (765) 494-2073, mholsapple@purdue.edu

Source: Capt. John Cox, (765) 494-8221, jkcox@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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