Campus Crime Watch: Six laptop thefts in the past week


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Drug violations—and the ensuing arrests—took a prominent position in this week’s news coverage. However, theft remains the most prevalent type of crime on campus. Six reported incidents of laptop thefts occurred on campus in the past week, two of which occurred within minutes of one another on Sunday in Lauinger Library. (In total, four laptops were stolen on Sunday.)

While investigating a laptop theft in Village A on Tuesday night, Metropolitan Police Department Sergeant Nick Cook offered students some tongue-in-cheek advice.

“Look out for the guy running around with 17 Macbooks,” he said.

To report an emergency, call the Georgetown Department of Public Safety at (202) 687-4343 or the DC Metropolitan Police Department at 911. To report other suspicious behavior, call the DPS tip-line at (202) 687-2320.

Tuesday, October 19

12:26 AM – DRUG VIOLATION (Copley). An unknown substance and drug paraphernalia were confiscated. The case has been referred to student conduct.

10:48 PM – THEFT (Village A). An unknown person stole a secured bicycle by removing the lock. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

Wednesday, October 20

(No crimes reported.)

Thursday, October 21

1:30 AM – DRUG VIOLATION (Harbin). An unknown substance and drug paraphernalia were confiscated. The case has been referred to student conduct.

12:01 PM – THEFT (Leavey). An unknown person stole a secured bicycle by removing the lock. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

7:54 PM – THEFT (Medical-Dental Building). An unknown person stole a wallet containing cash, several credit cards, driver’s license and a check book.

Friday, October 22

2:45 AM – SEXUAL ASSAULT (3200 M Street NW). MPD reported a sexual assault in a parking garage.

Saturday, October 23

3:18 AM – DRUG VIOLATION (Harbin). An unknown substance and drug paraphernalia were confiscated. The students were identified. One non-student was barred. The case has been referred to student conduct.

4:35 AM – DRUG VIOLATION (Harbin). An unknown chemical substance and drug paraphernalia were confiscated. The students were identified. Two students were arrested and the drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated.

2:37 PM – THEFT (Dahlgren Chapel). An unknown person stole organ pipes from the organ instrument. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

3:36 PM – THEFT (Lauinger). An unknown person stole an unsecured laptop along with a wallet. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

Sunday, October 24

1:19 AM – DRUG VIOLATION (Village B). An unknown substance, drug paraphernalia and a fake id were confiscated. The case has been forwarded to student conduct.

2:28 PM – THEFT (Village C West). An unknown person stole an unsecured GoCard. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

4:45 PM – THEFT (Lauinger). An unknown person stole an unsecured laptop. No suspects or witnesses have been identified. (Incident No. 10-3149.)

4:45 PM – THEFT (Lauinger). An unknown person stole an unsecured laptop. No suspects or witnesses have been identified. (Incident No. 10-3151.)

5:24 PM – THEFT (Hariri). An unknown person stole an an unsecured wallet. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

6:26 PM – THEFT (Lauinger). An unknown person stole an unsecured laptop. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

8:00 PM – THEFT (Village C East). An unknown person stole a laptop from an unsecured residence. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

Monday, October 25

7:30 AM – THEFT (Copley Lawn). An unknown person stole a memorial plaque. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

4:44 PM – THEFT (Leavey Bookstore). An unknown person stole a bookbag from the shelf. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

Tuesday, October 26

6:30 PM – BURGLARY (Village A). An unknown person entered an unsecured apartment and stole a laptop computer. No suspects or witnesses have been identified.

7:15 PM – DRUG VIOLATION (Harbin). An unknown substance and drug paraphernalia were inside a room. The drug and paraphernalia were confiscated. The suspect was identified, arrested and taken to MPD Second District.

Sources: DPS Daily Crime Log [PDF], D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

4 Comments on “Campus Crime Watch: Six laptop thefts in the past week

  1. No suspects or witnesses have been identified, again, again, and again, with every theft case, without exception? Outrageous!

    Even the Centurions could nail a thief to the cross, but DPS solves no crimes without relying on some teen Judas? Outrageous!

    Hoyas would laud Judas Iscariot for doing his civic duty? Outrageous!

    DPS calls Metro Police to assist in arrest of freshman girl with marijuana, even though DPS officers are specially commissioned police officers who could have handled the entire situation themselves? Outrageous!

    Hey Georgetown, if we’re going to have a policy of calling Metro Police on our students all the time, why bother with the expense of DPS officers? Let’s replace them with Wackenhut Security for 1/3 the price. Ardent drug warriors, perhaps it would serve your goals better if we replaced DPS with Blackwater. But continuing to lavish our tuition dollars on DPS? Outrageous!

  2. I think I figured it out!! Izzo H.O.Y.A. is a new vox character, like Gates and the guy from Nickleback!!

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