Md. Man Pleads Guilty in GWU Dorm Thefts

39-year-old James Dunmore could face more than 20 years behind bars for stealing electronics, other items

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    A Maryland man could face more than 20 years behind bars for stealing various electronics from GWU dorms.

    A Maryland man accused of stealing various electronics from dorm rooms at George Washington University pleaded guilty Wednesday.

    James Dunmore, 39, is accused of entering several dorm rooms in January 2013 and stealing iPods, iPads, laptops and other belongings. He could face more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.

    According to police, Dunmore's burglary spree began Jan. 25 when he entered a student's apartment at Ivory Tower Dormitory in Northwest D.C. The student was showering at the time, and Dunmore stole his student I.D. card, presumably to access GWU buildings.

    Three days later, Dunmore visited the same building, entering by following closely behind a student. He went to the sixth floor, where he entered three different apartments; first, he stole a pillowcase, three laptops, a camera and an iPod. A student was sleeping in the next apartment, and police say Dunmore pretended to be looking for someone he knew, then stole an iPod. He didn't steal anything from the third dorm because he saw someone there, police said. He then went to the third floor, where he entered a fourth room and stole two laptops, a video game system and a student's suitcase.

    He used the suitcase to carry away all of the items he stole, police said.

    A student saw Dunmore and thought he looked suspicious, which led to his arrest on various burglary and theft charges.

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