On Tuesday Oct. 8, the Virginia Tech Police Department notified students of a string of burglaries that had taken place in Slusher Hall dating back to Sept. 30. The report said that money had been taken from multiple dorm rooms, and that no description of the suspect had yet been provided.
Lieutenant George C. Jackson of VTPD’s Criminal Investigation Division has been leading the investigation of the case since it was reported, and had words of advice to offer dormitory residents.
“I’ve been (at Tech) for 13 years, and I would estimate that 85 to 95 percent of on-campus burglary cases are preventable if tenants would just lock their door.”
Last semester, Pritchard Hall was subject to repeated burglary as well. The case was reported on Feb. 2 and the suspect was arrested and admitted to the crime on Feb. 19.
Lieutenant Jackson explained that cross-referencing a suspect description and records of Hokie Passport dorm-entry swipes were used to locate and detain the suspect.
“We’re hoping to have a similar outcome,” Hamilton said.
The thefts all took place on the 7th floor of Slusher Tower and there have been multiple instances to date. Roommates Kyle Whitescarver, a freshman in university studies major, and Kenta Yoshimura, a freshman general engineering major, were two of the students affected.
“Mine (occurred) most likely last Tuesday or Wednesday” Yoshimura said.
Whitescarver, however, was less fortunate.
“It actually happened to me twice, and the first time was for 40 dollars. We had a hall meeting about it and after the meeting it happened again between Friday night and the game on Saturday. Then I had 30 dollars taken out of my wallet,” Whitescarver said.
Jenny Hamilton, the Residential Learning Coordinator for Slusher Hall, explained her discontent with the matter.
“Obviously I’m disappointed; my concern is for the safety of the students,” Hamilton said. “Whereas this might have been small thefts here and there, I don’t want it to escalate or put anyone in danger.”