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O St. Intruder Stole Property, Used Kitchen

An unidentified man burglarized the home of five female Georgetown students early Monday morning, escaping with nearly $3000 of personal property.

Both of the doors to the house, located on the 3500 block of O. St., were unlocked.

Returning from the library at approximately 3:30 a.m., Allison Atieh (SFS ’01) said she entered the kitchen and saw a man she did not know cooking sausage on their stove with a fork in his mouth.

“I stared at him for like 30 seconds, and then he ran out the back door,” Atieh said.

She woke up her roommates and they called Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Public Safety, who responded quickly, Atieh said.

There are currently no suspects in the case, DPS Director William Tucker said.

“They left all of their doors open . that stuff is gonna happen,” Tucker said.

According to Emily Murphy (COL ’01), one of Atieh’s roommates, the stolen property included a watch, a cosmetic bag, several pieces of jewelry, two Discmans, a camera and several credit cards. Murphy said the man also tried to steal their video camera but dropped it on the back deck during his escape.

Atieh said she believes the man was unarmed.

Tucker described the intruder as a tall, black man wearing dark clothing.

“Besides being really scary, it’s also really sad,” another roommate Keely Sweeney (COL ’01) said.

Celine Connelly (COL ’01), another resident of the house, said they have started locking the doors to the house at night and their friends have also been more careful because of the incident.

“It taught us a good lesson,” Connelly said. “It was very scary, but we were lucky. It made us realize that it is very easy to take being around only young college students for granted.”

According to Tucker, DPS circulated a notice throughout campus and they also plan to coordinate a follow-up report to the burglary.

MPD recently issued an arrest warrant for a suspect they believe to be responsible for a recent automobile theft in Burleith. They also suspected that he was connected to several recent burglaries.

In early February, another female Georgetown University student, Kathleen Kingsbury (SFS ’01) was robbed at gunpoint Monday evening in front of her house in Burleith. The student was unharmed, but the assailant escaped with several possessions.

DPS recommends that students refrain from walking alone at night and instead use the university’s escort service if it is available.

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