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Man arrested for burglary at Cornell faces additional narcotics charges

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A man caught rummaging through an office at Cornell University’s Goldwin Smith Hall and later confronted by a university employee on September 28 has been apprehended and charged with burglary and narcotics possession.


The Cornell University Police Department (CUPD) identified the suspect, 27-year-old Varshith Kandula, and subsequently recovered the stolen property from the burglary. Following the arrest, Kandula was handed over to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office for arraignment.

Upon his arrest, Kandula was found possessing LSD, methamphetamine, and a significant quantity of methamphetamine at his residence. Consequently, he now faces charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th and 7th degrees and charges related to burglary and stolen property possession linked to the incident at the university hall.