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Posted on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 9:09 a.m.

2nd break-in reported this week in Eastern Michigan University residence hall

By Staff

A thief or thieves entered an unlocked Eastern Michigan University dormitory room early today while the students were sleeping and stole several belongings, campus police said.

It was the second break-in of an occupied room at Phelps Hall this week.

EMU issued a crime alert about the incident, which occurred between 4:30 and 7:15 a.m.

The room was entered while the residents were sleeping; there were no signs of forced entry, the crime alert said. When the residents woke up, they noticed two laptops, two cell phones, cash, a PS3, and three video games were stolen.

Police said the residents didn't see anyone entering or leaving the room.

The Department of Public Safety is asking anyone with information to call (734) 487-1222 or at the anonymous tip line at (734) 487-4847.



Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 6:18 p.m.

This story could have ended much worse: Remember a young lady Laura Dickinson? She too lived on campus at EMU. Until a murderer named Orange Taylor killed her and stole some of her belongings. All this and sexually assaulting her for not locking her door. If this one story from your own campus doesn't convince you to lock up I don't know what will.

dading dont delete me bro

Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 4:44 p.m.

update, this just came across, emu pd has two suspects sitting in hogback hotel. nice job guys!


Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 12:32 p.m.

Hey I got an idea, why don't all of the students that are not benefitting in any way from their current education...[ie getting smarter] for safety reasons, just place all of their valuables out into the hall at night before they go to sleep. That way, they don't have to worry about anyone walking in to rob them while they're sleeping!


Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 12:16 p.m.

Ms. Nash, Please reread the timely warning that you quote in your post above. The second line states: Reported Crime Burglary Home Invasion (Unlocked Room). How much more clearly can it be stated? Why didnt you include this fact in your story? As an EMU employee, I am proud of the significant strides that the university has made in improving campus safety. Can more be done? Yes. Should students take more responsibility for their own safety by locking their residence hall rooms? Yes. Am I disappointed by the continued skewed reporting about Eastern Michigan University in the local press? Yes. Teri Papp


Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 12:12 p.m.

How many times can parents, school administrators, and Rich Kinsey say "LOCK YOUR DOORS!" before people will listen? Oh that's right, they're just trying to scare us.

dading dont delete me bro

Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 11:32 a.m.

@amalie, "...Reported Crime Burglary Home Invasion (Unlocked Room) -..." hunh?!? that's what's on my blackberry...just how you posted it.

dading dont delete me bro

Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 11 a.m.

emu's timely warning to students (via email/txt) clearly states that it was unlocked. peoples, LOCK your doors...dading!

Stupid Hick

Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 10:43 a.m.

Soo... the door was unlocked and NOT booby-trapped? Hard to feel sorry for someone who doesn't lock their door and fails to booby-trap it.


Fri, Nov 6, 2009 : 9:44 a.m.

So...was the door locked or not? This little tidbit was conveniently left out of both stories and both of the crime alerts. It is difficult to feel bad for someone when they don't lock their doors. This is what leave your door unlocked and bad people take your things!