Hotdog-Cooking Vandal Arrested at U of Del: Police

Teen stole merchandise, spray-painted doors, cooked hotdogs in concession stand

A homeless 19-year-old man was arrested on charges of allegedly breaking into University of Delaware’s stadium and campus shops Sunday, stealing merchandise and spray-painting graffiti on doors and counters, authorities say.

Police said they found Franklin Blunt III cooking hotdogs inside the stadium’s concession stand early Monday morning after his vandalism spree.

“[Officers] found him cooking hotdogs in the concession stand and took him into custody without any incident,” University of Delaware Police Chief Patrick Ogden told NBC Philadelphia.

“The officers approached him and said, ‘Do you work here?’ and he said, ‘No.’ They said, ‘What are you doing?’ and he said, “I’m cookin’ hotdogs,’” Ogden said.

Blunt, formerly of Dover, Del., was arrested on burglary charges after he allegedly broke into the north-end stadium grounds garage through a window, took tools and two cans of spray paint.

Blunt then sprayed object inside the garage and both sides of a door with “UD” and a line crossing through it, university officials say.

Blunt then broke the lock in the campus shop, stole hats and seven expensive jackets, and then used nail polish to paint “UD” on the counter. The teen also gave a campus golf cart a bad paint job and tampered with an ATM, officials say.

Blunt was brought to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $9,750 secured bond. He was ordered to have no more contact with the university.

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