Senior House Hit By Rash of TheftsBy Frank Dabek
Senior House has again been plagued by a series of larcenies. In the last few days several items including $700 in cash, a CD player, and a laptop were stolen from students in the dormitory.
According to a Campus Police bulletin issued yesterday there were four reports of items stolen. In some cases the occupant was asleep and most of the rooms affected had closed but unlocked doors. Victims described a possible suspect as a white male, about 30 years old, six feet tall and of medium build.
Captain Paul J. Baratta of the Campus Police said the CPs “didn’t find any problems with [dorm] security at all but some of the rooms were left open.”
Cynthia Jenkins, housemaster of Senior House said that the dorm is responding to the larcenies by “trying to make sure that all the residents in the house are aware of the potentials of problems.” She said that the problems originated with unlocked doors.
Robberies also occurred last year
Senior House was the target of a similar string of robberies last year but Baratta classified both incidents as a “crime of opportunity” and said that “I don’t think anyone is picking out Senior House.”
Jenkins concurred, saying “I think they found the individual last year. My sense is that it’s not really unique to Senior House.”
Baratta said that the CPs have had a “pretty good track record” for catching such thieves especially with the aid of the community. The Special Services Division is currently developing suspect information on these crimes. Anyone with information concerning the robberies should contact Detective. David Bruce at x8-9724 or use the CPs anonymous reporting page at http://web.mit.edu/cp/www/invest/anon.html.
Zareena Hussain and Kevin Lang contributed to the reporting of this article.