Police: Ex-student, accomplice stole from Penn College dorms
A former Pennsylvania College of Technology student and accomplice allegedly stole $1,400 worth of items and $300 in cash from dorm rooms, according to an affidavit filed by Penn College police.
Giovonni P. Davis, 20, of 869 Memorial Ave., and William N. Silva-Gautier, 19, of Lewisburg, are both charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of criminal trespassing, four counts of theft by unlawful taking and two counts of receiving stolen property. Davis was released on 75,000 bail, but Silva-Gautier was unable to post his $25,000 bail and is held in Lycoming County Prison.
Reports of burglary drifted in Jan. 28, starting with Imari Walker, who — after returning from class at 1 p.m. — reported a black Nike duffle bag, three pairs of Jordan sneakers, two pairs of Nike sneakers and a pair of Adidas sneakers stolen, according to police.
College police reviewed security cameras which allegedly revealed the two men entering the first floor elevator of Dauphin Hall. Silva-Gautier was first identified because he was a previous student. Davis was later identified by city police.
“It looked like they ‘hitched’ a ride with a student since ID card access is needed to access the upper floors of that dorm,” police said.
Later on Jan. 28, two more burglaries were reported and occurred between the time Silva-Gautier and Davis entered the first floor elevator and left through the east staircase of the dorm, Davis carrying a backpack and Silva-Gautier carrying a duffle bag, police said.
David Gianitsos reported $300 of cash had been stolen, and Joseph Kronmair reported his Play Station 4, a white controller and two games missing.
One student allegedly reported Davis opened her door, saw her inside, and said ‘oh my god sorry’ and closed the door and left the area. Police said, she didn’t think anything of this until the information came out regarding the thefts. Another student reported a similar story.
“It’s obvious once they gained access to the upper floors, they were simply trying all of the door handles and entering rooms if they found them unlocked. Then, when they found unoccupied rooms, they stole items before leaving the dorm,” police said.