This Week in Amherst History: December 3, 1970

Bruce Angiolillo ’74 detained one of the perpetrators in his room by telling him that “he knew of someone who was interested in buying an expensive Funk and Wagnall’s dictionary set,” reported The Student. He then went next door and woke up the resident next door, who called Campus Police. They both then returned to Angiolillo’s room to engage the salesman in conversation until officers arrived and escorted the man out of the building.

A second arrest 30 minutes later almost failed when two suspects tried to run for their car as they were being escorted out of Stearns, but an officer who was already at their car stopped them.

Angiolillo was excited to apprehend the thieves.”It was just like what I saw on ‘Dragnet’!” he told The Student.