In Fort Myers, Florida the police officers over at Florida Gulf Coast University has placed a suspected underwear thief under arrest. Officers arrested Cody Lee White, 36, of Cape Coral. White, suspected of two thefts that consist of about 35 pairs of women’s underwear from the university’s laundry facility in the past month.
When questioned about his suspected crime, White told the police he has a fetish for women’s underwear and had been stealing the women’s underwear from the campus laundry rooms for nearly a year, stated by an arrest report. How unfortunate for all the women who have fell victim to this man’s behavior. White was released on $1,000 bond and faces misdemeanor charges of loitering and petty theft between $100 and $300.
The police chief of FGCU Steven Moore said White started coming to the campus last year and taking underwear that had been left behind in the laundry machines, but just recently started taking larger amounts of clothing. Two students filed reports of stolen underwear, one of 15 pairs and another of 20 pairs in October. I feel right there should have flagged or been investigated by the campus, but I guess it takes consistency for people to take action.
Even though Cody Lee White was caught on campus stealing pairs of the women underwear, police said White had no affiliation with the university. White would only come to the campus for one reason and one reason only and that is to steal. Police said White would typically arrive in the afternoon and float around campus for a couple of hours.
When White would steal the underwear he said that the stolen underwear was for his personal use and he would “discard the items after a while and not retain them,” the report said.
Coming to the campus since the end of 2010, White had no clear estimate on the number of pairs that he had taken.
As most people do sometimes forget to take all of their clothing out of the washer or dryer, it is very easy to understand how one or two pieces of underwear could go missing without concern to the owner. However, when White decided to take large quantities of underwear, he pretty much set himself up for failure. A crime alert was sent to FGCU students Oct. 25 notifying them of all the theft allegations. The alert was equipped with surveillance photos of the suspect, showing a man wearing a T-shirt, shorts, hat and sunglasses walking into the laundry rooms.
Campus video cameras also caught images of his vehicle; police stopped White driving a Chevrolet pickup truck on Sunday afternoon. Either way, it’s sad to hear there are people out there in the world who do such things as these. Also, the police or even the students who use the laundry rooms should pay closer attention to property.