INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Dozens of students returning to college after spring break found they were the victims of a crime. University of Indianapolis police are trying to find the suspects.
IMPD is working with university police to help find who's responsible. A school spokesperson told 24-Hour News 8, 17 dorm rooms in two different buildings were broken into sometime last week.
"We'd like to think we have a very safe campus. In a standard year we might see two or three or four burglaries of this type in an entire year. This is a very unusual circumstance for us," said University of Indianapolis Media Relations Director Scott Hall.
Hall said while students were away on Spring Break last week, someone was on campus burglarizing Roberts and Central Halls
"They are on opposite ends of campus," Hall said.
Students didn't know about the crime until they returned to campus.
"We had some students come back to campus this weekend and reported some things were missing from their rooms," Hall said.
Quenton Fair's dorm room was hit.
"It was a reality shock; and we had a lot of things stolen," Fair said.
Fair is a sophomore nursing student. He said the culprit took some valuable items.
"XBOX, IPads, Macs, Computers, Money, Colognes and things like that," he said.
University officials are asking students to be proactive when they leave for breaks.
"When students are on an extended break, they should think carefully of what sorts of items they would leave in their rooms," said Hall.
Fair said the burglaries are a wake-up call.
"I just feel like we have to secure everything now and take a lot of things with us," he said.
Because of the burglaries, the University plans to change the locks on the entrance doors to the residence halls and step up campus security.
"It's important for us to whatever we can to ease the students peace of mind; to make them feel secure," Hall said.
"I appreciate that they are putting locks and doing more secure things to keep us safe here; I hope it works," Fair said.
The University of Indianapolis plans to make changes to the locks over the next 24 hours. Anyone with information about the burglaries should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
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