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Two Thieves Hit Senior House

By FrankDabek
News Editor

A rash of larcenies have struck Senior House over the past month.

Between August 8 and September 11, there were "two breaks into rooms and seven reports of items stolen," according to a campus police crime bulletin. Several of these incidents occurred in the last week.

In at least one of the robberies, a student was asleep in the room and awoke when the thieves entered. The bulletin said that wallets and jewelry were the most commonly stolen items.

"This is a serious problem," said Campus Police Sergeant Cheryl deJong Vossmer, head of the CP's crime prevention unit. Students need to be informed, she said.

Anne P. Glavin, chief of Campus Police, said that the CPs "probably know who this is." She said that they suspect that "thieves who regularly work our campus" and others in the area are responsible for the crimes.

Glavin described the suspects as "most definitely thieves and most definitely good at what they do." In addition, the Campus Police suspect that one of the thieves may be a man recently released from prison, she said.

The two suspects described in the bulletin may or may not be working together, Glavin said.

CPs, Senior House raise security

In response to the unusually large number of larcenies, Glavin said that the CPs had stepped-up patrols around the Senior House area and are "keeping an eye out for the particular suspects."

Senior House is attempting to protect itself as well by "making sure that the desk is much more careful" about admitting non-residents, said Senior House Housemaster Henry Jenkins. In addition, he is advising students to lock doors and report any suspicious behavior or persons.

The incidents represented the "only rash of robberies" in the four years he has served as housemaster at the dormitory, Jenkins said. No additional incidents have occurred since the bulletin was issued, he added.

The CP bulletin describes one of the suspects as a white male in his middle to late twenties, five-feet, nine-inches tall with a scruffy beard. This suspect claimed to be soliciting money for a charity AIDS walk.

The second suspect is a black male with dark hair whose speech was slurred. No further information on the second suspect was available.

Students with information can contact Detective David Bruce at 258-9724 or use the Campus Police web page at http://web.mit.edu /cp/www/invest/anon.html.