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Yale Police seek laundry 'poopetrator'

Oct. 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Yale University police are investigating a series of laundry-tampering incidents carried out by a suspect dubbed "the poopetrator" at the Connecticut school.

Students using the school's Saybrook College laundry room reported their clothes were soiled with urine, food waste and feces in a series of September incidents and Saybrook Master Paul Hudak said Yale Police have opened an official investigation, the Yale Daily News reported Monday.

"We have asked our students not to leave their laundry unattended, the affected machines have been thoroughly disinfected, and we are actively seeking information about who the perpetrator might be," Hudak said. "That's about all we can do."

The culprit or culprits were dubbed "the poopetrator" by students after Lucy Fleming's clothes were soiled by what appeared to be human excrement while in the laundry room's dryer Sept. 7. Incidents involving urine and food waste were reported the previous day.

A further incident was reported Sept. 26.

"The fact that this could happen at Yale is shocking to me," Fleming said. "Think about what this means for our community."

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