Harvard University Police Department arrested two College students on charges of breaking and entering, drug possession, and trespassing Monday, according to public police filings.
The undergraduates broke into the Lowell House construction site, per a public HUPD log filed May 14. An officer saw them climbing on scaffolding and spoke with them, per the report. At that point, they “admitted to having cocaine in their possession.”
Both College students “were then placed under arrest” on three charges: breaking and entering in the nighttime, possession of a controlled substance, and trespassing, according to the log.
Lowell is undergoing renovations this year and next year as part of the College’s $1 billion house renewal project.
HUPD arrested the students during their second visit to the construction site in the early hours of May 14.
Officers arrived at the site for the first time that morning at 12:44 a.m. after receiving a “report” that “a group of five individuals” had hopped the fence and “entered the construction site area,” per the report. After arriving at the scene, officers “located all 5 individuals and conducted field interviews,” then sent the individuals “on their way.”
HUPD spokesperson Steven G. Catalano did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.
HUPD returned to the site at 1:15 a.m., after a “report” that individuals had “climbed the fence into the construction site area,” per the police log.
The two students arrested by HUPD were not the only ones at the construction site when officers responded to the 1:15 a.m. report. A third individual was also there, although that person did not admit to possession of cocaine, according to the police log.
That third individual was “informed that complaints are being sought against them” for breaking and entering in the nighttime and trespassing and “was sent on their way,” per the log.
—Staff writer Caroline S. Engelmayer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @cengelmayer13.
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