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Over the last week and a half, valuables have been stolen from several students while they left them unattended, according to Director of Public Safety Owen Redgrave. One student’s laptop was stolen on a Sunday afternoon while he was briefly out of his dorm room, leaving his door open. Three other students left cameras or cell phones in Tarble, one in plain sight and two of them inside coats, only to find their possessions gone when they returned.
Redgrave said Public Safety has no leads in any of these incidents.
This is not the first incidence of unattended property theft this year, even on our relatively safe campus: in October, there was a string of backpack thefts, mainly from McCabe. There have also been a few other high-profile thefts, as when several non-students attempted to steal speaker wire from LPAC and others took a monitor from the library.
There is no reason to believe any of these former thefts are connected to the current ones, according to Redgrave, besides from noting that “valuables left unattended and unsecured are likely targets for thieves.”