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September 21, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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Public Safety investigates two break-ins at Circle Apartments

The Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management is investigating a burglary and a criminal trespass in two separate Circle Apartments, which occurred after midnight on the same night.

Between the hours of midnight and 9 a.m. Aug. 16 in Circles apartment 341, a burglar reportedly stole a flat-screen TV and a 3-foot-tall black speaker with a green front while the tenants were asleep, according to the Public Safety alert sent out to the campus community.

During that same morning at 3:30 a.m., tenants of Circles apartment 131 found an unknown person with a flashlight entering their apartment, according to the alert. In both instances, the intruders might have accessed the buildings through the unlocked slidingglass doors.

Thomas Dunn, lieutenant in the Office of Public Safety, said they have reason to believe the incidents are related because they happened in the same time frame. He said if anyone saw anything suspicious, they should contact Public Safety.

“We are pursuing the leads that are available to us, but we’re looking for the public assistance … because it’s a concern for the community that these people are doing these things,” Dunn said.

A similar burglary occurred July 26 in Circles apartment 12 when a bicycle, a car and computer equipment were stolen. Dunn said it is unknown if the two burglaries are related.

Anyone with information about the incidents can contact Public Safety at 607-274-3333, or leave an anonymous message at 607-274-1060.

Grace Elletson can be reached at gelletson@ithaca.edu or via Twitter: @graceelletson