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Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Five Thefts Reported Within Hours

Five laptops were reported as stolen from residences on Wednesday, just over a week after four Henle Village apartments were burgled, bringing the total number of reported stolen laptops in the past six weeks to at least 15, according to Department of Public Safety reports. eredith Gadoury (MSB ’11) said her laptop was stolen from the common room on the first floor of Darnall Hall Wednesday between 7:15 and 8 a.m. She said she left her laptop unattended while she went to her room to take a nap. “I went to bed because I had been up all night doing work,” she said. “When I came back 45 minutes later, it was gone.” Gadoury said she notified the Department of Public Safety, which also responded to four other burglaries that were reported in on-campus housing later that afternoon, according to a public safety announcement sent to the Georgetown community by Director of University Safety Operations Peter Luger yesterday evening. Just after noon, an Apple laptop was allegedly stolen from a Village A apartment, the announcement said. Within two hours, another complainant reported that his Apple laptop was stolen after someone entered his apartment on the 1400 block of 37th Street. Down one block on 36th Street, a complainant reported to DPS that she went downstairs upon hearing noises and found an unidentified male. The man explained that he was trying to find someone named Camille who lives in the Black House and left after being told he was in the wrong location. The complainant later noticed money missing from her purse on the kitchen table. In addition, the announcement said that the complainant’s roommate also reported that her laptop was gone. The suspect was described in the DPS report as a heavy-set black male. Jamie Leader (COL ’09), a HOYA sports columnist, reported the fourth incident listed in the announcement, during which his Apple laptop was stolen from his 36th Street house between 2 and 2:15 p.m. Leader said that when he left his house at around 2 p.m., he unknowingly left his front door unlocked. When his roommate came home 20 minutes later, he noticed that Leader’s laptop was missing. Leader said he filed a report with DPS that afternoon, and that DPS officers also suggested that he call the Metropolitan Police Department. “The [MPD] officer told me there was almost no chance he would find my computer,” Leader said. He added that no other items were missing from the house. According to DPS, one or more door or entryway was unlocked in all four incidents on Wednesday afternoon. There are no suspects for any incidents other than the burglary on the 1400 block of 36th Street in which the resident encountered the burglar. Wednesday’s five thefts are the latest in a recent wave of burglaries this semester, during which thousands of dollars of student property, including several laptops, have been stolen. Many of the burglaries have involved unlocked or broken doors that have allowed unknown individuals to gain access to residences. Students and parents have complained that the Department of Public Safety has not been taking necessary safety measures. However, MPD officials have said in the past few weeks that the number of thefts normally rises around the holiday season, when people are less vigilant about crime prevention. The thefts bring the number of laptops stolen this semester to at least 21, including 15 in the last six weeks. DPS Director Darryl Harrison did not respond to repeated attempts for comment.

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