Three Vanderbilt SAEs face charges in Sigma Nu theft

Three SAEs from Vanderbilt University could face charges for stealing a composite photo from the WKU Sigma Nu house.

Spencer Jenkins

Three members of the Vanderbilt University chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity could face charges for stealing a fraternity composite picture from the WKU chapter of Sigma Nu.

The fraternity should be getting their composite picture back by Friday, Sigma Nu President Taylor Rousey said.

“We were lucky we had security cameras in our house and we were able to identify them,” he said.

WKU’s SAE chapter had nothing to do with the incident, President Tom Travis said.

“We didn’t know they were in town and had nothing to do with it,” he said.

Mandi Johnson, public information officer for WKUPD, said in an email that Vanderbilt Police were able to identify the three subjects involved and have taken the stolen property into their possession.

The subjects will be facing a second-degree burglary charge, which is a Class C felony, and theft by unlawful taking from a building, which is a Class D felony.

Johnson said they’ll probably be facing a grand jury in Kentucky where it will be decided if arrest warrants will be issued. Their names haven’t been released because they haven’t been formally charged.

The composite was stolen on Jan. 28 around 3:30 p.m., according to Sigma Nu’s surveillance camera.

Also, according to a Bowling Green police report, Kappa Alpha President Jordan Clark reported an incident of criminal mischief that occurred on Jan. 28. The report said it may involve the same SAEs from Vanderbilt.

In the report Clark stated that someone came into the KA house and threw a pool ball through the screen of their 42” Vizio television.

There is no evidence to corroborate the claim that SAE was involved, the report said.

“We don’t have any proof of any kind, but we’re trying to look into it,” Clark said. “But there isn’t much we’re going to be able to do.”

The SAE national chapter declined to comment on the incidents based on the amount of information given to them from the Herald, said Brandon Weghorst, director of SAE communication in an email.

Princine Lewis, senior strategist at Vanderbilt News and Communication, said the report has been referred to their office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.