Laptops, money and other valuables were reported stolen from two dorm rooms in Vandenberg Hall the morning of Sept. 15.
Both rooms were left unlocked, confirmed Lt. Mel Gilroy of the Oakland University Police Department.
Brittany LaRocque, an actuarial sciences major and freshman, is one of the victims of the string of larcenies.
LaRocque’s roommate left early for class the morning of Sept. 15, leaving the door unlocked while LaRocque continued to sleep. Soon after waking up, LaRocque realized that something was wrong.
“I saw that my purse was over by the closet and it was open. I wouldn’t have put it there,” she said.
LaRocque looked in her purse and found that $4 had been taken. She then went on to check the rest of her room for missing items. The thief, or thieves, had taken her laptop and iPod as well.
Junior Kevin O’Bryan, a philosophy major, was also a victim of theft the morning of Sept. 15. He suspects that his suitemates’ door was left unlocked, and that the thief entered his room through his suite’s adjoining bathroom. His laptop and a jar filled with approximately $40 in change were stolen.
“I loved that jar,” O’Bryan said, “who steals a jar of change?”
O’Bryan said that his roommate’s PlayStation 3 was taken as well. The thief was sloppy, however, overlooking other valuables left out in the open.
According to O’Bryan, this is the first time in over three years of living on campus that he feels unsafe about his possessions.
LaRocque didn’t realize how many people knew about the recent thefts until a classmate asked her if she had heard about the recent trend of thefts.
“Yeah,” she said, “’cause that was me.”
Although LaRocque recognizes the danger of someone entering her room while she slept, she is more upset that her possessions are missing.
“I can’t imagine not feeling safe in my room. I’m still here,” she said, “But my laptop and my iPod, they aren’t.”
Both O’Bryan and LaRocque filed reports with OUPD following the larcenies.
“They (OUPD) know it was a string of thefts,” O’Bryan said, “I leave it up to them.”