Updated By: Emily Johnson
February 6, 2014, 5pm
Five burglaries in just five hours, all on the FSU campus.
Work spaces unsecured on FSU's campus were targeted in a recent string of burglaries.
Several laptops, tablet computers, and cell phones were ripped off.
The reports of those burglaries came in late on Tuesday.
FSUPD is now warning students and faculty to be aware of their surroundings.
"As the day went on and the next morning when we accumulate and compile all of our reports we looked at it and realized it was kind of a pattern where somebody had traveled across campus and entered buildings looking for opportunities to steal things," said Hank Jacob, FSUPD.
Crooks hit the Bellamy, Williams, and Longmire Buildings. In one instance, a cell phone was taken after an office door was left open.
The College of Arts and Sciences says they've told their faculty to lock up any personal items in the building.
"I sent out an email to all of our professors and reminded them that personal belongings need to be locked away in draws, doors locked behind them. They've being much for vigilant this week especially," said Kat Holton, Office Administrator, College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Office.
FSU students say it's frustrating to hear about personal belongings being stolen on campus.
"I mean obviously it's devastating because laptops are really expensive so I could see how it's a major concern on campus if people are worried that their belongings are going to be stolen," said Rebecca Cunningham, FSU Junior.
"I think I would be disappointed with the school itself and the security issues surrounding the safety of our equipment and my personal items. I'd be pretty frustrated," said Dan Reynolds, FSU Senior.
Florida State Police Department says it is actively investigating these cases.
If you have any information about the crimes, you're asked to call FSUPD at (850) 644-1234.
FSU Crime Bulletin
On February 4, 2014 between the hours of 1pm and 6pm, five burglary incidents were reported to the FSUPD. In these incidents, complainants advised that they had left offices or work spaces unsecured, had stepped away for a short time and returned to find laptops and/or cell phones missing. Details are as follows:
Longmire Building – unsecured office entered and cell phone taken between 1pm and 6pm. No suspect description known.
Bellamy Building – unsecured office entered and laptop and cell phone taken between 4:40pm and 4:45pm. No suspect description known.
Williams Building – unsecured office entered and laptop taken between 3:30pm and 4:50pm. No suspect description known.
New Chemistry Building – unsecured offices and labs entered. Two burglaries reported and laptops taken between 5:30pm and 6pm. A suspicious person seen in the area is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, thin build, “college age”, wearing glasses and having a “scruffy” beard. Person was wearing blue jeans and possibly had a blue jacket. The person was described as seeming to know how to get around the building.
The FSU Police Department is actively investigating these cases. If you have any information about these crimes or the suspect, please contact the FSU Police Department IMMEDIATELY at 850-644-1234. In an emergency, DIAL 911. You may also contact CrimeStoppers at 850-574-TIPS. Your information may make you eligible for a reward of up to $1000, and you can remain anonymous. We don’t need your name, just your information!
Crime Prevention Tips:
1. Never leave your office unsecured. If you step out of your office, be sure to lock it.
2. If taking electronics with you is impracticable, lock them in your office and/or in your desk/file cabinet if possible.
3. Always immediately report suspicious people in your work area.
4. Always close computer applications when you are done with them. If your computer does get stolen, deny a thief access to your information.
5. If you have “find my device” software on your electronics, use it. If you don’t have it, get it.
This bulletin is provided to you as a public service of the Florida State University Police Department and has been approved for distribution by Assistant Vice President for Safety, Chief David Perry, and is available in an alternative format upon request.