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Albemarle County man charged with breaking into UVa fraternity house

An Albemarle County man has been arrested and charged with breaking into a University of Virginia fraternity house on two separate occasions last month.

Joseph G. Moore, 68, is accused of breaking into the Sigma Nu house at 189 Culbreth Road on both March 23 and 30.

Charlottesville police arrested Moore without incident last week on April 3, according to the University of Virginia Police Department.

He has been charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering; two counts of felony grand larceny; a single count of driving without a license, a misdemeanor; two counts of misdemeanor unlawful entry; and a single count of misdemeanor petit larceny.

Moore is being held at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, according to UVa police.

Police would not say what Moore is accused of taking from the property.

"No further information will be released at this time to preserve the integrity of the investigative and prosecutorial process," UVa police said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The residence at 189 Culbreth Road is owned and maintained by the Hopkins Society of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, a nonprofit arm of the fraternity founded at founded at the Virginia Military Institute in 1869 by a cadet named James Frank Hopkins. The UVa chapter, the fraternity’s second and consequently referred to as the Beta Chapter, was established in 1870.

The Beta Chapter house is located at the intersection of Culbreth Road and University Avenue, abutting the School of Architecture and the UVa president’s house at Carr’s Hill.

"The Hopkins Society of Sigma Nu manages the maintenance, renovations, and finances associated with the Chapter House at 189 Culbreth Rd. It has been in continual operation since the 1927 when the Chapter house was constructed," according to the Beta Chapter’s official website. "The Society is required to maintain the house and surrounding rounds in a safe condition, and pay all utilities, taxes and insurance."

Sigma Nu did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Daily Progress.


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