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Two dorms subject to robberies

Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Burglars entered Lyons and Dillon Halls Sunday and stole computers, cell phones and personal items, said Dave Chapman, assistant director for Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP).

The incidents were reported within two hours of each other, and the burglars did not force their way into the dorm or into rooms, he said.

“How they got in [the dorms] is somebody had to let them in,” Chapman said. “They didn’t force their way in any of the rooms. The rooms were unlocked.”

NDSP was not able to identify or catch the suspects, and Chapman said he believes it to be an isolated incident.

“Every once in a while we have this happen,” he said.

Chapman encouraged students to report anyone who suspiciously attempts to enter a dorm or is seen inside.

“If someone tries to get in their dorm they don’t know or looks like they are tailgating them in, they should ask them, ‘Who are you here to see? Why are you here?” Chapman said. “Things like that.”

He also encouraged students to call NDSP if they see anyone in dorm hallways that seems unfamiliar or out of place.

“That’s what we’re going to need to catch these people,” he said. “We need the students’ help.”