UVM police investigate reports of break-ins at University Heights

UVM police investigate reports of break-ins at University Heights

Multiple residents of University Heights South experienced break-ins over a two night period.

UVM Police received reports of the break-ins during the nights of Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, according to an Oct. 26 CatAlert.

While students were asleep, an individual went into unlocked rooms, looked through their belongings and in one incident stole several items, the CatAlert stated.

“Each incident occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.,” it stated. “The suspect in these cases has been described as a man with an average build and long hair, last seen wearing a yellow baseball hat and tan pants.”

First-year Rachel Cohen said she lives across the hall from students whose room was broken into.

Posters and wine were stolen from the room, but the T.V. and electronics were left, Cohen said.

“I mean it’s not good [that these burglaries happened],” she said.

Students living in University Heights have raised concerns about security on campus.

First-year Taran Rattu, a resident of University Heights South, said he was surprised by the burglaries.

“It’s bad,” he said. “It shouldn’t happen.”

However, some students said they are not as concerned about the break-ins.

First-year Kayla Morrison said her concerns were short-lived.

“At first I was kind of nervous about it,” Morrison said. “I really just got more aware of the fact that not everyone is completely great.”

UVM Police encourage students to keep their doors locked at all times to prevent burglaries, the CatAlert stated.

A burglar only needs a few minutes in an unlocked room to perform a theft, UVM Police’s website states.