GSU arrest suspect in dorm burglary

Grambling State University Police arrested a student suspected of stealing a large amount of cash from a dorm room Sunday afternoon.

Two GSU students reported to GSU Police that $5000 and an iPhone had been stolen from their room in Knott Hall, a campus residence hall. Officers reviewed video footage which showed the victims and their friends leave the room walking west down the hallway while the suspect approached from the east and entered the room through the front door. When the suspect exited the room, he was observed placing a plastic bag believed to contain the $5000 into the front of his pants as he walked away.

Officers went to the suspect’s room and noticed a strong smell of marijuana emitting from inside. No one answered and they called for more officers. While officers awaited additional personnel, the suspect walked toward his room and was arrested. A search revealed a bulge in his left pants pocket and a bag of suspected marijuana was retrieved. 

When officers entered the room, they saw a stack of 24 counterfeit $100 bills underneath the suspect’s desk and suspected marijuana on the dresser. The suspect, identified as Sakyron Dequon Taylor, 21, of Baton Rouge, admitted the fake money was for music videos and the suspected marijuana was for his personal use. He denied taking the $5000 and the iPhone from the victim’s room. Witnesses were located who said they saw Taylor with a stack of money when he came to their room.

Taylor was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for simple burglary, felony theft, possession of marijuana, and monetary instrument abuse. His bail was set at $60,000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  

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