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Cash stolen from Student Center BayBank

By Reuven M. Lerner

Approximately $4000 in cash was stolen from the Julius A. Stratton '23 Student Center branch of BayBank/Harvard Trust on Tuesday afternoon, according to Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin.

The robber, according to a special bulletin distributed by the Campus Police, was described as a white male wearing a blue jacket, dark pants, docksider boat shoes and a crimson baseball cap with the word "Harvard" written on it. The "suspect stated he had a weapon, but none was shown," the report added.

Glavin said that such robberies are "not a common thing," and that shoplifting in Student Center stores "really is the bigger problem." In "many of the shoplifting cases, the people doing the shoplifting have been apprehended," Glavin added.

Store managers at the Harvard Cooperative Society and Newbury Comics agreed with Glavin, saying that the Campus Police did a good job of patrolling the Student Center, and that there was no reason for them to worry about crime.

Glavin refused to say whether Campus Police would change their security tactics now that the robbery had occurred, explaining that it would be inappropriate to discuss any such changes in a public forum. "Obviously, we have had discussions" with the store owners, but "not on any regular basis," she said.

The last robbery of the Student Center BayBank was last fall, when an unarmed man stole $2250 from a teller after handing her a note. A BayBank representative explained at the time that the tellers are trained to follow the directions on robbers' notes, in order to ensure everyone's safety.

Spokesmen for BayBank did not return repeated telephone calls.