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Student Is Charged with Stealing Signs

By Sarah Y. Keightley
News Editor

Wesley H. Williams '96 appeared in court Friday to face charges of break and entering, larceny, and possession of burglarious tools. He was caught stealing a sign from a Boston University building July 31 and BU police subsequently found 12 stolen signs in a search of his residence.

According to Lt. Steven Giacoppo of the BU Police, there was "no outcome" from Friday's court proceedings. "The case is being continued," he said.

Williams had no comment last night on the case or the court proceedings.

Williams was arrested by Boston University Police at the end of July, when they caught him stealing a sign from BU's School of Education building. BU Police then found more stolen signs after searching William's residence at Beta Theta Pi, Giacoppo told The Daily Free Press last week.

"He stole several of the red and gold leaf BU signs, as well as signs belonging to the city and the Commonwealth," Giacoppo said.

Stolen signs included one from Harvard Bridge commemorating the MIT Smoots tradition, a 1950s prank where the bridge was measured in terms of the length of a student named Smoot.

"I think it's quite ironic that an MIT kid would steal an MIT tradition like the Smoot sign," said BU Police Chief Steven Devlin.

According to The Daily Free Press article, BU wanted MIT to pay for the replacement signs. However, an MIT spokeswoman said that the Institute will not do so.

"MIT is not responsible for a student's actions -- the student is," she said. "This will be played out in court."

Williams will also receive a summons on charges of receiving stolen property.