WESTWOOD (CBS) — A Los Angeles man suspected in a burglary in a residence hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood was in custody, police said Thursday.

Timothy Bell, 41, was arrested just after midnight on Thursday when a UCLA community service officer observed him in a stairwell in another residence hall and called the UC Police Department, according to campus police.

Bell was taken into custody by the UCPD.

He is suspected in the May 6 theft of $20 from a room in the DeNeve complex’s Fir residence hall. The money was stolen by a man who fled when a female student returning to the room came upon him at 4 a.m. while the student’s roommate was sleeping in the room.

UCPD Lt. Mark Littlestone credited the cooperation between the UCPD and the campus’s residence hall staff for the arrest.

“Taking this suspect off the streets is a step in the right direction toward keeping our community safe,” Littlestone said. “While Hill residents can sleep a little safer because of this arrest, we want them to continue to keep their doors locked and also pay attention, to prevent people from following them into the halls without card-key access.”

Bell is on parole for burglary and has been ordered to stay away from college campuses as a condition of his parole, police said.

He is is being held at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A. and is expected to be arraigned Monday.


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