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Intruder Inflitrates Dorms, Steals Items

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Burton-Conner House and several other dormitories were visited by a suspicious person last week.

By Dan McGuire
Associate News Editor

A suspicious person was seen entering several dormitories last week and allegedly stole possessions from open rooms. The person, who was seen in Burton-Conner House, Baker House, and East Campus, was described by witnesses as a white male with gray hair and a moustache.

"Apparently there was someone hanging out at the halls [that] would go into the dorm rooms when people would go to the bathroom or leave their rooms," said Clifton D. Mueller '97, desk captain at East Campus. Shortly after the man was seen at East Campus, a stereo and a Walkman were reported missing, he said.

At Burton-Conner, the intruder was seen wearing a dark blue jacket, baseball cap, and jeans, while he has been seen elsewhere wearing a dark green sweatshirt, said Keith R. Santarelli '99, a resident of Burton-Conner, who saw him. "He was near a bathroom and asked me if he could use it. I told him yes and went to ask some people in the suite if they knew him," he said.

"I later found out that he went into another suite and opened the door of a room in which a person was sleeping," Santarelli said. "The person woke up and asked what he was doing, and the intruder asked where the bathroom was again."

After the man left, another student discovered that someone had entered his room and taken a CD player, Santarelli said.

"I wouldn't say it really scares me that much," said Santarelli. "It's happened once before on our floor and [it happens] all over campus."

The man was also seen at Baker, where he entered a person's room. "There was a girl who was reading in her room with the door half open, an intruder thought that no one was in the room and went in," said a Baker resident. Upon discovering that the room was occupied, "The guy asked her where the Coop was," the resident said.

Dormitories are mostly relying on individual efforts to increase security.

"The suite is making sure to lock suite doors and room doors," Santarelli said.

"We've made sure that only people who have permission to get keys to get into [East Campus] can get those keys," Mueller said. "If people aren't on the key list, keys aren't given out," he said.

Of the five or so entrances to Burton-Conner, only two route people by the desk, said Sarah J. Black '96, Burton-Conner desk captain.

Greater emphasis must be placed on being aware of who comes in to the dormitory, Black said. "It's just a matter of convincing people not everyone belongs here," she said. "It may seem kind of rude, but people have to ask people who come in."

Venkatesh Satish contributed to the reporting of this story.