Campus / Campus Safety / News / April 6, 2011

Exec apartment robbed

An email was sent out Sunday alerting campus about a burglary that happened early Saturday morning in the Executive apartments. According to the email from Campus Safety, there were several items stolen from the apartment. A 22-inch Vizio high definition flat screen TV, a PlayStation 3, a white PlayStation 3 controller and a PlayStation 3 video game were stolen.

“We’ve been in contact with the police on several occasions since the burglary,” Director of Campus Safety John Schlaf said. “They are following some related leads … some leads from some possible related activity over the same weekend.”

Schlaf said Campus Safety has talked to students that live in the Executive apartments about the incident.

Junior Ben Wetherbee lives in the first-floor apartment that was robbed and was sleeping while two people entered his living room via the window.

“We left a window open,” Wetherbee said. “It was a Saturday night; these things kind of happen.”

Wetherbee’s roommate owned the TV and the PlayStation 3; none of Wetherbee’s items were stolen.

“They told us it’s fairly unlikely they’ll be recovered,” Wetherbee said of the stolen items. During the morning of the burglary, the blinds had also been left open, making it obvious that the window was ajar.

Around the time of the burglary, when Campus Safety was driving near the Executive apartment parking lot, they noticed a light on in a car.

Junior Elizabeth Cockrell owns the car and was contacted by Campus Safety because they thought the light indicated someone had tried to break in.

“It looked like someone tried to get in, but nothing was stolen,” Cockrell said. “There were no marks on the car or anything.”

“I feel pretty confident that they were connected,” Schlaf said about the apartment robbery and the possible attempted vehicle robbery. “It’s somewhat speculative.”

The two suspects were last seen at 3:25 a.m. on Saturday, near the south side of the Umbeck Science and Mathematics Center, walking toward S. Academy St. One was described in the Campus Safety email as 5’7” with a thin build and a dark sweatshirt, and the other was described as 5’11” with a thin build and grey sweatshirt. Anyone with possible information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Campus Safety or the Galesburg Police Department.

Annie Zak

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