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Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 10:53 a.m.

U-M students' cell phones stolen while they slept

By Kyle Feldscher

Two University of Michigan students reported someone stole their cell phones while they slept at study desks Monday at the Duderstadt Center, police said.

Police are also looking for a man who attempted to steal a student's wallet from the third-floor of the same building on Tuesday.

Two students told police they fell asleep for about an hour at study desks at the Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., and woke up at about 3:45 p.m. Monday to find both of their cell phones had been stolen.

Police spokeswoman Diane Brown said Wednesday police are still looking for suspects in that incident.

One day later, police were back at the center to investigate an attempted larceny.

The student told police she saw an unknown man searching through her backpack at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday in a third-floor study desk. Police said the student asked the man what he was doing and he immediately left the room.

Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspect, according to police.

The man was described as black with light skin and a thin to medium build. He is between 5-foot-7 inches and 5-foot-8 inches tall, in his mid 20s and was wearing a blue-and-yellow horizontal striped polo shirt, baggy blue jeans and a black hat with a white S on it.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety at 734-763-1131.

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Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 9:05 p.m.



Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 12:56 p.m.

Snooze & Lose!

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 11:39 p.m.

I might add that there are apps available that allow one to track the location of their phone, lock it and delete all the content if it gets in the wrong hands. The one I have was a one time $5 fee. Others have small yearly fees in the $20-$30 range.


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 8:07 p.m.

Did i just click on the onion? Never sleep in public, you never know what someone might drop into your mouth.


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 7:12 p.m.

Wow, tired students! Sorry to hear your phones were taken, but perhaps you didn't get enough sleep the night before. It does seem like a lesson will be learned from this. Hope the suspect is arrested soon.

dading dont delete me bro

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 5:38 p.m.

can you hear me now? want me to call them for you?

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 5:06 p.m.

best to keep them in your pocket if your going to nap. Being asleep is kind of like going to the restroom. You wouldn't leave a phone on a desk while you physically left, don't do it while you mentally leave.