University of Maryland reports spate of thefts from dorm rooms

A dozen dorm rooms on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park had items stolen from them in two separate incidents over the last two weeks, campus police said Friday.

On Thursday, January 30, a suspect entered four different unlocked dorm rooms in Denton Hall and between about 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. and stole items, according to University of Maryland police. On Friday between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., items were stolen from eight unlocked dorm rooms in Centreville Hall and Cumberland Hall.

The suspect in the first string of incidents was described by police as a black male, about 6 feet tall, with a beard, wearing a black or navy blue winter hat, black coat, and dark pants, possibly jeans. The suspect description in the second string of incidents is similar: a black male, about 5'10", between mid-20's to early 30's in age, wearing a black knit hat, wearing all black with black pants, and carrying two black or navy bags, one with red trim. The suspect was said to have a rough complexion and spoke with a foreign accent.

Police did not describe the items that were stolen.

"During each incident, the suspect mentioned above was confronted by residents in the building," campus police wrote in a crime alert. "They were non-confrontational encounters, and once confronted, the suspect would leave."

Residents were encouraged to lock their doors and take other safety precautions. Anyone with information is asked to call campus police at 301-405-1796.

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