Oregon State University

Timely Warning - Computer Thefts

The person listed below has been arrested for computer theft, burglary 2, theft 1, theft 2, and trespassing on the Portland State University campus.  He is currently in custody, but may be released in the near future.  Please do not leave your laptop unattended at any time when it is accessible to the public, such as in the library, in a classroom, or in a lounge. 

Joshua Frank Farrell 

NAME:                             JOSHUA FRANK FARRELL

RACE:                             WHITE

GENDER:                           MALE

HAIR:                               LT. BROWN

EYES:                                GREEN

HEIGHT:                             6’ 4”

WEIGHT:                            186

APPROXIMATE AGE:              26


If you see this person on campus, do not approach or contact him.  Call the Oregon State Police, University Patrol Office at 541-737-3010.

The Campus Public Safety Office of Portland State University has arrested Joshua Frank Farrell, a 26-year-old Portland resident, without a permanent address on multiple charges related to the thefts of laptop computers from students studying in the Millar Library, on the Portland State University Campus.

Farrell was known to Campus Public Safety Officers and had been excluded from the campus on April 13th for disruptive behavior. He has been identified as a suspect in the theft of 2 laptop computers from the library on May 3rd and May 11th and had been interviewed at the Inverness Jail by CPSO Detective Matt Horton regarding those thefts.

After being released from that facility he was identified as a suspect in the theft of 2 laptop computers from the library on June 5, 2013. On June 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM CPSO Officer Jon Buck observed him on campus. After a short foot pursuit, Farrell was arrested on multiple charges. In his backpack was a laptop computer that had just been stolen from a student at the library.

As students prepare for final examinations, they are reminded to not leave items such as laptop computers and cell phones unattended, even if it is only for a short break.

Crime prevention resources are available on the OSU Department of Public Safety website http://oregonstate.edu/dept/security/crime-prevention

Farrell was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges including:
Theft I
Theft II (2 counts)
Trespass II (3 counts)
Burglary II
Probation Violation