By Mallory Turner
According to police reports, a laptop, Xbox and book bag were stolen from the first floor of Gardner-Webb’s Mauney Residence Hall by unidentified people on Oct. 18, during the university’s Fall Break.
Barry Johnson, chief of University Police, said that the perpetrators entered a student’s dorm room through an unlocked window. The student’s name cannot be released.
The incident was caught on surveillance cameras, and University Police is still analyzing the footage to identify the perpetrators. According to Johnson, the two suspects are believed to not be students at the University.
A car break in resulting in the theft of a credit card, debit card and GPS occurred on the night of Monday, Nov. 2 in the parking lot of O. Max Gardner Recital Hall. The cards have been used at the Walmart located in Gaffney, S.C. The owner of the car, Sarah Moxley, said that the police believe it is the same two people who broke into Mauney. University Police are working with other police stations in order to identify the thieves.
As a result of the Mauney break in, Gardner-Webb sent a campus-wide email on Oct. 28 encouraging students to take precautions and make sure residential doors and windows remain locked. Johnson said it is important to ensure that all personal belongings are secured, “no matter how long or short of a break.”
“There are people out there with less than good intentions,” said Johnson.
Another way to reduce the likeliness of theft is by getting items engraved, suggested Johnson. If the item is lost or taken, the recovery processes will be easier.
Johnson also asked that students report anything out of the ordinary to the police.
“Even if it doesn’t seem important, that’s for us to decide,” remarked Johnson.