Flyers were posted around residence halls Saturday morning warning students of a series of thefts that occurred between midnight and 4:00 a.m. that morning.
It was reported that a male entered several rooms in Pritchard Hall and stole various items from rooms that were unlocked and unoccupied.
The suspect went through the hall checking doors to see if they were unlocked. When he encountered occupants, he claimed to be a resident looking for a roommate or an RA doing rounds. The male is described as being between 5'2" and 5'3", and many believed him to be of Middle Eastern decent. He has a dark complexion, no accent, and short black hair.
According to VT Police Lieutenant Deborah Morgan, there have been no leads, but they hope to have more information later this week.
Morgan recommends three main things to students to prevent any further thefts. First and foremost is to keep you doors locked.
“Don’t leave your dorm room unlocked; they can’t come into your room if your room is locked,” Morgan said.
Secondly, Morgan recommends reporting suspicious activity when it happens, rather than waiting.
“If you see someone in your hallway that you don’t know and you don’t think is supposed be there — call then, don’t wait. A lot of times one of the big things people will do is they will see someone turning door knobs and will wait an hour or two before they actually call somebody about it," she said. "It makes it difficult to follow up. So, immediately report suspicious activity in the building.”
Lastly, Morgan says students should watch out for “tailgaiters” that go in and out of the building behind residents.
To report any leads on the thefts, please contact Detective Hardy at 540-231-9686 or email email@example.com.