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A student from UW-Platteville is facing

multiple charges including burglary,

theft, possession of burglary tools,

criminal damage to property, and

nine misdemeanor charges of committing

a computer crime. Court records show

21-year-old Neel Patel is scheduled for a

preliminary hearing in Grant County

Court before Judge Craig Day on

January 8th. Patel is free on a $10,000

signature bond. Terms of his bond

include staying off the UW-Platteville

campus, and he can’t have access to a

computer or electronic device with

internet capability.

Patel has been charged in connection

with a break-in at Gardner Hall back

on December 12th. The criminal

complaint says Patel committed

the burglary, and also gained access

to computerized information from

several UW-Platteville professors.

If convicted, Patel faces a maximum

of just over 25-years in prison and a

fine not more than $145,000.