Purse Theft Ends in Recovery of Items, Arrests
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 4:18 p.m. a purse was stolen from inside of the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University, which ultimately ended in the arrest of two subjects and the recovery of the stolen items.
During the afternoon hours, three men were driving a silver 2003 Volkswagen on the campus of Andrews University. Two are identified as Zachary Boomsliter of Berrien Springs (DOB: 5/1994) and Joshua Nunez of Eau Claire (DOB: 1/1994). The third subject is of Berrien Springs but is not presently charged. Around 4 p.m. Joshua Nunez and the third subject went into the Howard to use the restroom. The third subject returned to the car and waited with Boomsliter for Nunez to return. Boomsliter was the driver of the car. Nunez allegedly grabbed a purse from the auditorium and when the purse’s owner saw him, she yelled and alerted bystanders that her purse had been taken. When Nunez came running from the building with the purse he was being pursued by two brave bystanders. Boomsliter decided to drive away, leaving Nunez to be captured by his pursuers. A bystander secured Nunez until Campus Safety arrived. They held him until police, who were pursuing the getaway vehicle and the other two subjects secured them and returned to the University.
Another witness saw the car driven by Boomsliter drive away and followed them off campus and into an area where they attempted to conceal themselves. Boomsliter lost control of the car while fleeing. The car was seen striking and knocking down several mailboxes and a road sign on Hillcrest Ave. The pursuit ended in the parking lot of a local nursery, where the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department took custody of the subjects. They all returned to the University so officers could investigate the incident.
The stolen purse was recovered. A stolen phone from a separate incident was also recovered. The car was searched and marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found and seized.
Zachary Boomsliter was lodged at the Berrien County Jail and charged at this time with reckless driving and possession of marijuana.
Joshua Nunez was lodged at the Berrien County Jail and charged at this time for larceny from a person, larceny from a building, and receiving and concealing stolen property $200><$1000.
The third subject was released at this time pending further investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation being conducted jointly by the BSOPD and the Andrews University Office of Campus Safety, and additional charges may be possible as the investigation continues.
“We wish to thank the brave citizens who involved themselves in this incident to help bring it to a successful resolution with the arrest of the perpetrators and the recovery of not only the property they saw being stolen, but ultimately other property that was later found to have been stolen,” said the release from Chief Milt Agay of Berrien Springs Oronoko Township Police. “The BSOPD also wishes to acknowledge and thank the AU Office of Campus Safety for their assistance in this investigation, at the time of the incident and the continued follow up.”
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