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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 4:16 am | Updated: 1:46 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — Two more University of Alaska Fairbanks janitors were caught by security cameras stealing from the institution last month, according to police and court documents.

The janitors allegedly made off with electronics, bottles of water, granola bars and Mountain Dew drinks from the International Arctic Research Center.

This is the second time in a year that university janitors have been captured by surveillance cameras while allegedly stealing from the university. The cameras have also recently nabbed two students in the act of stealing from each other or the university.

Last year, a theft investigation uncovered video evidence of a much larger theft.

A janitor was charged with stealing more than $3,000 from the university’s Administrative Services Building. Jeremy I. Moore, 23, of Fort Wainwright, was charged in that case. His next court date is March 25.

The more recent theft investigation also focused on electronics theft, according to court documents. Complaints of a laptop, phone charger and audio cable taken from IARC led UAF police to set up cameras. They allegedly captured footage of the two janitors stealing bottled water.

Cody S. Rudolph-Munro, 19, of Fairbanks was subsequently charged with third-degree theft for stealing the electronics. Keith W. Hundley was charged with fourth-degree theft for stealing the water and other items he told police he had taken from the National Weather Service’s break room. All the theft charges are misdemeanors. Both men were employees of GCA Services Group, the new custodial contractor the university finished transitioning to in February.

The university is not considering changing its janitorial contract in light of the theft accusations, university contract manager Martin Klein said.

“GCA has been very cooperative and works with our police department,” he said. “They’re quick to discipline or fire people. They can’t get everything but do as good as they can do. They don’t want that kind of people working for them as well.”

Moore, the man accused of the larger electronics thefts last year, was an employee of ABM, the previous contractor.

Two other theft charges were filed with help from the university’s surveillance cameras last month.

A 24-year old Fairbanks woman was identified and charged with stealing an I-Pod Nano out of the women’s locker room Feb. 21 using the security camera outside the locker room. The day before, camera’s identified and helped police charge a 19-year-old resident of Moore Hall for taking a mouse from a dormitory computer lab.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545

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