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U of L Police arrest man accused of burglarizing university building multiple times

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Romello Tolbert (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Romello Tolbert (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville Police say they've arrested a man who stole a set of master keys, then went on to burglarize a University building multiple times.

According to arrest reports, it started on Sept. 19, 2014, when Romello Tolbert -- who was 17 at the time -- entered the University of Louisville Instructional Building at 500 S. Preston Street and took a large set of master keys. He then entered one of the offices in the building and stole a ThinkPad laptop, according to police.

Police say that it was almost a year later, sometime during the 24-hour period between Sept. 14 and Sept. 15, 2015, when Tolbert -- now 18 -- entered the same building and forced entry into an office, stealing several Apple MacBook computers and numerous iPads.

On Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, police say he entered the U of L Instructional Building again, forced entry into a different office, and stole an Apple MacBook.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, he allegedly used the U of L Instructional Building to enter the U of L School of Medicine building, entered an office and stole a Samsung HTC smart phone on the desk of an employee who was working at the time, but had briefly stepped out of the office.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, he allegedly entered the U of L Instructional Building, forced entry into an office and stole several Apple MacBook laptops and numerous iPads. He also caused extensive damage to the office door, according to police.

Tolbert was arrested Friday morning and charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking and four counts of burglary. He is currently being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.

"He hit us pretty hard," said Officer Jerry Nieves, with University of Louisville Police. "He got familiar with the exits and where they were at and just strolled around, looking for opportunities."

Officer Nieves said a stolen credit card may have been Tolbert's downfall.

"His shopping spree led us to ID who he was," Nieves explained.

Police say they were able to match images of Tolbert on campus and using the stolen credit card at Kroger, Meijer, Shoe Carnival and Wal-Mart.

"I viewed the video and immediately I saw that it was the same suspect that I had in my other cases," said Nieves.

Officer Nieves arrested Tolbert on Friday and questioned him about all of the burglaries.

"When he was arrested, he confessed to every single one of them," he said.

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