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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Back in January, a man allegedly used a butter knife to break into a Belmont University dorm, but as it turns out, that wasn’t the first time.
Surveillance footage showed 64-year-old Alexander Baxter entering a secured area of Belmont’s campus using a silver object that appeared to be a butter knife on Jan. 22, an arrest affidavit said.
While arresting Baxter on Feb. 20 for burglary and possession of burglary tools, officials said police discovered a silver butter knife with a bent tip to bypass a locked door, along with a Belmont ID card and the toboggan he was seen wearing on the night of the break-in.
Man facing new charges after butter knife break-in at Belmont University in Nashville, TN (wkrn.com)
I went to Belmont in the 80s when it was still a college and laws had not become stupid. One or my roommates worked security, but all in all the campus was not a dangerous place. Then again, in good probability there might have been a gun or 2 per floor in the dorms, guns in the college-owned outside housing and a bunch of people carried pocket knives everywhere in campus (I plea the 5th).
Were weapons it kosher with the institution? I seem to recall they were not, but since nobody went stupid, nobody cared to enforce the internal regulations, I believe dancing was a bigger fear than guns or knives for the administration.
Did we have incidents? Yes. There were the occasional petty criminal going after valuables inside student cars, but some were not as smart as they thought they were and were caught in the act by “unarmed” campus security. I believe a couple of “intellects” actually broke into a male dorm once and…well…. you can imagine how that went. And by the way, none of the incidents ever made the news because nobody back there was an attention whore.
Since I moved to Tennessee, I have been keeping track of my old neighborhood and sadly found out it is not the quiet place it used to be. At least a couple of homicides and several violent incidents reported and the overall area apparently slowly becoming a fecal opening.
But hey! At least Nashville is run by a member of Bloomberg’s Illegal Mayors for Gun Control. That should make everybody feel safe.