UConn freshman concerned about nighttime thefts

There have been several reports of an unknown person entering and stealing items at Buckley Hall South at UConn while residents are sleeping.
Published: Feb. 8, 2023 at 8:48 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2023 at 8:57 AM EST
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STORRS, CT (WFSB) - There were several reports of an unknown person who entered and stole items at Buckley Hall South on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus while residents slept.

Buckley Hall South was described as where most of the campus’s freshman stay.

Police said they were made aware of the incidents over the last couple of days.

They said they recently sent an email to students.

“One resident reported that between the hours of 3 and 4 a.m., they awoke to a male they did not recognize in their room. When asked who they were and what they were doing, this unknown male exited the room without responding,” campus police said in the email.

“[We’re] pretty freaked out. I mean, we’re living here, this is our home. I want to feel safe,” said Julia Coton, a UConn freshman.

In all reports, police said the thefts were during overnight hours and the residents’ doors were not locked.

“Me and all my friends, we don’t really care to lock them. We feel safe enough [that] we don’t have to. But now, one of my friends last night said, ‘guys don’t forget to lock your doors,’” Coton said.

Pambari St. Mary, a UConn freshman, said there are residential advisors walking around during the day.

“Everyone is talking about it, so I’m not really worried about it too much”, St. Mary said.

No other details were released.

UConn police reminded all students to lock their doors and report any suspicious activity to them.

Anyone with more information about the thefts were encouraged to contact the UConn Police Department at 860-486-4800.