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Thefts hit architecture studios

By Andrea Lamberti

Stereo equipment, cameras and drafting tools were among the items stolen from the Level I architecture studios over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to Sgt. David Carlson of the Campus Police's Special Services.

The robbers broke into students' lockers and stole equipment ranging from cameras valued at $250-$350 to cheap drafting supplies.

The incident is presently "under investigation," according to Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin. Police had an initial suspect, but are now pursuing a new lead, Glavin said.

Sixty-two items were reported stolen during the long weekend. The thieves apparently used crowbars to pry open the lockers.

The Thanksgiving thefts were the latest of a rash of thefts in the studios.

Stereo equipment targeted

"If anybody had anything taken, it was stereo stuff," commented Anne Sammis '91, a Level I student. Sammis lost approximately $85 worth of equipment, including a walkman and headphones.

The wealth of equipment accumulated by the thieves included more walkmans, some valued as high as $250, and several portable stereos valued from $100-$150.

A collection of approximately 100 cassette tapes, about 20 compact discs valued at $300, two tennis rackets, and two cameras worth $250-$300 each were also stolen.

Vince Bandy G, a Level I student, said that of the 17 people in his studio, at least 14 have had something stolen. Of the thefts occurring throughout the term, "just about everybody" in the graduate studio "had something stolen on one of those occasions," he said.

Bandy organized a list of all the stolen goods for the Department of Architecture "to document the incident," he said. This was necessary to make the Institute aware of the security situation, and because the large scale of the thefts was "not the case of [just] one student not locking the locker door," he said.

"The facility does not allow for security -- that corridor is just such a freeway," Bandy said, referring to the openness of the area. After the thefts, he is "not really afraid to work there [in the studio], but I'm afraid to leave my things there."

Concern about security

Other students are more concerned about working there alone, though. Varisara Gerjarusak G, whose wallet was stolen early in the semester, said "I don't feel very comfortable about working here at night anymore -- if there's someone here it's okay."

The Building 5 studios are always unlocked. Students keep tools and belongings in lockers or on their desks.

Leon B. Groisser '48, executive officer of the Department of Architecture, said that the department is "investigating the possibility of alarming some of the doors" along the fourth-floor corridor of Building 5.

Twenty-seven items overall were reported stolen during the semester before the Thanksgiving break-in. Approximately 20-25 students have had their belongings taken throughout the semester.

Carlson said that since Thanksgiving "there were a few more items missing, but they have since been recovered."