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BYU student accused of stealing food from building on campus

Believed to have used underground tunnels to access Culinary Support Center
Posted at 11:17 AM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 13:18:00-05

PROVO — A 19-year-old BYU student has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into a campus building to steal food.

According to a probable cause statement, Spencer Taylor used underground tunnels to access to the Culinary Support Center on Sunday.

The court documents indicate a BYU employee was startled when he ran into a male wearing a black mask and black clothing inside the building after hours and the building was locked.

The employee asked the man who he was and the subject ran away.

Officers responded and determined the suspect had accessed the building through an underground tunnel system. The area was checked but the suspect was not located.

Security cameras showed what appeared to be the suspect holding a food item in his hand when he fled and returned to the tunnels.

A few minutes later, other cameras captured the man entering Heritage building 15, part of an on campus dormitory.

The suspect was identified by his card access into the building as Spencer Taylor who is a resident of Heritage 15 and a current BYU student.

On Tuesday, officers made contact with Taylor, who admitted that he was the suspect who had been confronted in the CSC Sunday night.

Taylor was taken to the police station and advised of his rights.

He said he understood his rights and admitted that during the last month, he accessed the tunnel system three times.

Two of those times he went inside the CSC and stole food products that he later ate at his dorm.

Taylor faces a third degree felony charge of burglary.