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Laptop thefts reported in Goldfarb

Published: February 14, 2013
Section: News

Two students reported laptops and book bags stolen from the bottom floors of the Goldfarb Library Tuesday evening, Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan said.

Callahan said it was possible more laptops were stolen, and university police would add extra patrols as a precaution. He also advised LTS staff to secure computers and bags left unattended.

“If they see unattended property, just hold it and take it to the desk until somebody comes back,” Callahan said.

In an email to the campus community Wednesday afternoon, Callahan said his staff were investigating the reported thefts.

“The University Police are investigating several reports of property theft from the Goldfarb Library,” Callahan wrote. “The reported incidents occurred last evening within the lower sections of Goldfarb. Each incident involved the theft of unattended laptops and personal property.”

But to avoid theft, he reminded students that the best precaution is not to leave property out and unattended.

“Take your property with you,” Callahan said. “Just don’t leave it.”

The reports of theft come after other safety concerns reported last month in the library. A female student reported unwelcome advances made by a suspicious male that created safety concerns. From security camera footage, university police were able to identify the suspicious person.

Callahan said that there was no available footage from the security cameras showing the laptop thefts.