Music Department Robberies Lead to Former Student Arrest

A former University of Montana student was arrested Monday in connection with a string of music department robberies after he was pulled over for a traffic violation in Cincinnati.

According to police reports, Richard E. Burkhart, 45, of Atlanta allegedly stole more than $7,000 worth of musical equipment from three different rooms in the Music Building between April 9 and May 26.

UM student Chris Hanson, who had multiple items stolen from a locked percussion room, said the string of crime made him doubt his fellow students.

“It made me question everybody who had access to the room,” he said. “I felt unsafe.”

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