Former student charged with larceny
Eastern Michigan University police officers arrested former EMU student Ian Evans Ratke on Saturday. Ratke was arrested for multiple larcenies committed at the Bruce T. Halle Library.
Police used video footage from the library to place Ratke at the scene of the crime. From the footage, they were able to put together an image of Ratke and circulate it among EMU faculty and staff to determine his identity.
Deputy Chief of Police Jeff Nesmith praised the work of his investigating officers and the aid they received from the EMU community.
“I think it’s great when the campus community works with us on these things,” Nesmith said. “It was great work all around.”
This is the second EMU student that has been arrested for multiple larcenies committed on EMU’s campus in the last two weeks.
Ratke, 20 years old, was held at the Washtenaw County Jail. He was arraigned Monday and released on his own personal recognizance. Ratke did not respond to The Eastern Echo’s attempt for an interview.
Arresting officers recovered two stolen laptop computers and one cell phone from Ratke’s residence.
Ratke is charged with three counts of larceny in a building. Each count is felony and bears a four year maximum sentence.