CSUN police arrest former student charged with dorm burglaries

Madison Kaufmann

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Former CSUN student Christian Hunter-Sheppard, 20, was arrested July 20 on suspicion of burglarizing 22 dorm rooms between October 2010 and April 2011, according to CSUN police officials.

Hunter-Sheppard has been charged with five felony counts of burglary and one misdemeanor count for possession of a loaded handgun found in his car during a police search, said Christina Villalobos, spokeswoman for CSUN police.

Hunter-Sheppard was attending Pierce College at the time of the break-ins, and CSUN police obtained a search warrant for his residence in Reseda where they recovered stolen property, Villalobos said.

Tracking software was installed on one of the stolen computers, she said.  When the owner reported the theft, the tracking company flagged down the equipment, leading CSUN detectives to Hunter-Sheppard.

It is possible for additional charges to be filed if more victims come forward or more stolen property is found, Villalobos said.

Hunter-Sheppard is being held on $250,000 bail at Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, according to arrest records.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13 at San Fernando Courthouse.

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