The police affidavit supporting his arrest provides the following details: In September 2020, police were notified about a missing order of 10 Apple Macbook Pro laptops worth approximately $20,000. They had been ordered for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and were supposed to be delivered to a faculty member, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they were sent to the campus’ shipping and delivery warehouse instead.
According to a police document, a New Jersey man was detained by University of Connecticut police in connection with the theft of $20,000 worth of laptops in 2020 as part of a plan the man was running against other colleges. William Waldron, 79, was charged with larceny in the first degree. His next court date is set for January 4, and he is released on a promise to appear.
Police were able to speak with the UPS employee who delivered the laptops. On the day he delivered the packages, he was told by a company dispatcher to call the faculty member who was planning to pick up the laptops, the driver said. He also informed the workers at the warehouse that someone would be coming by to pick up the packages, and when the driver returned later in the day, employees said that’s what had happened.
Surveillance video captured the man’s vehicle, and police used the license plate number to trace it to Waldron in New Jersey. Waldron’s name also appeared on the warehouse’s delivery signature log the day the laptops arrived. UConn records showed he didn’t have any affiliation with the university.
But on the same day, he received a call from an unknown man who said he was traveling from New Jersey to pick up the laptops, the driver said. He said an older man stopped him on his way out of the building and asked him for directions to the warehouse. He had what appeared to be tracking numbers for packages.
UConn police then learned that New Jersey police arrested Waldron in the spring of 2020 for the possession of stolen property. Waldron was the subject of multiple investigations, in connection with the fraudulent purchase or reception of technology equipment from school systems in that state.