POLICE BEAT

University of Maine police investigating theft of two fraternity signs

Posted Oct. 14, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine police are investigating the theft of two fraternity signs over the past week.

UMaine spokesman Joe Carr said Friday there are reports of stolen fraternity signs at Pi Kappa Alpha, also known as PIKE, and Theta Chi. Both incidents are under investigation and police do not know if they are related, he said.

Gavin White, Matt Provost and Joshua Bailey of Tau Kappa Epsilon said that at about 2 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, during fall break, they witnessed three males smash the Theta Chi fraternity sign and run toward the steam plant parking lot carrying the sign with them.

“I looked across the street to Theta and saw three guys standing next to their sign. All of [a] sudden they smashed it with their hands and we ran after them,” said Bailey.

“We heard the wood crack when they smashed it, it was so loud. We saw them fleeing towards the woods and took off after them” said White. “We trapped them in the woods until UMPD arrived on the scene and we explained the situation to them.”

The three students said they assisted UMPD officers in searching the woods and surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspects or the Theta Chi sign. The PIKE fraternity sign has also not been recovered.

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