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Rash of Thefts From Campus Buildings at Villanova

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Students at Villanova University are being warned to keep a closer eye on their belongings after a rash of recent thefts from campus buildings including residence halls.

Murphy Smith and Ryan Murtha just finished swim practice at Jake Nevin Field House when they both realized their laptop computers were gone.

"When I came back I looked and my laptop was stolen" said Smith.

"You would think if you go to Villanova you don't need to steal all that kind of stuff but apparently you do" said Murtha.
Campus police report 10 on campus thefts since the beginning of September. Among the stolen items, cash, cell phones and jewelry totaling more than $8,000.

"I'm kind of upset by it. People stealing personal belongings. I'm off campus now but if you can't be safe on campus I don't know what to expect off campus" said senior Maura Giordano.
A campus wide email alert went out telling students and faculty the same person may be to blame for the thefts. Some of the incidents involved break-in's but other item taken were left unattended in public places. That's why the university is warning students to watch their backs and their stuff.
"You would like to think this is a safe location where you can keep your belongings maybe even keep your door open. I don't know, I never thought that Villanova there would be so many burglaries in a short amount of time." said junior Keegan Einspanier.

Campus police are continuing to review surveillance video of the campus buildings where the thefts happened but so far there are no suspects.
Police remind students to report any suspicious activity to Public Safety at 61-519-4444.

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