UPDATE: Dave Maley, public relations officer for the college, said that Public Safety and Emergency Management officers located the person who broke into Circle Apartment 180. The person is a student and is being referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs.
An unknown person entered Circle Apartment 180 at Ithaca College and demanded property from a resident Dec. 5.
The resident said the unknown perpetrator did not display a weapon and did not take anything from the apartment. The perpetrator left the scene when the resident began to call the police. This attempted burglary occurred after a string of six burglaries took place in November at the Circle Apartments.
The resident who reported the attempted burglary described the perpetrator as an approximately 6-foot-tall male wearing a ski mask, goggles, gloves and a hood. The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management is currently investigating the report and encourages anyone who has information pertaining to the burglaries to contact the office at 607-274-3333 or leave an anonymous voicemail at 607-274-1060.
you always ask who is the circles bandit, never how is the circles bandit 😔😓
— the circles bandit (@thecirclesband1) December 2, 2018
Due to the frequency of the crimes, students have started making memes out of the incidents. Following these burglaries a Twitter called “The Circles Bandit,” was created, and a petition titled “Free the Circles Burglar” was also created under the name of senior Steven Churchill, however Churchill denies creating the account.
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