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Campus Police Nab Dorm Theft Suspect

By Naveen Sunkavally

news director

Campus Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the recent rash of larcenies on the west side of campus.

Maurice Samuels, of 67 Marlboro Street in Chelsea, MA, was arrested for trespassing shortly after 2 a.m. on March 1, after residents of MacGregor’s D-Entry reported suspicious activity to the Campus Police.

“We have every reason to believe that this person is the suspect ... He bears a strong resemblance to the composite” drawing on bulletins distributed across campus, said Sergeant Mary Beth Riley.

Suspect has criminal record

The suspect is “well-known throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area” as a criminal, said Sergeant Cheryl N. Dejong Vossmer.

The suspect gave a false name upon questioning, and it appeared that he “had in possession items that did not belong to him,” Vossmer said. Neither “his actions nor his behavior appeared to be that of a student.”

Vossmer cautioned, however, that more than one person could be responsible for the recent incidents.

In some of the larcenies, victims gave descriptions of several suspects. In addition, Riley said that Samuels is not suspected in the McCormick assault last week. The investigation into that incident is still ongoing.

“We don’t want people to let down their guard,” Vossmer said. She encouraged students to keep their doors locked when they away from their rooms. In many of the recent larcenies, small electronics have been stolen; for instance, a laptop was stolen from a resident’s room at Baker House.

Arrest follows rash of crimes

Samuels’ arrest follows a string of larcenies on the west side of campus. Six larcenies were reported from Baker, Burton-Conner House, and MacGregor House rooms between January 26 and February 1.

Suspects in the burglaries, according to CP reports, included a “male, black, 6 feet 4 inches, with a large build, ‘huge,’ no clothing description available, but he did ask for a cigarette.”

In response to the larcenies, CPs had escalated patrols along Amherst Avenue and throughout West Campus dormitories. Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin also ordered CPs to meet with dormitory desk workers to discuss security measures and called for some officers to patrol common living areas.