Breaking and Entering on East Campus

November 15, 2017

* UPDATE * November 27, 2017: On Saturday, 11/25/2017, a caller reported a suspicious person on the third floor of Burton-Connor. The suspect was described as an older white male wearing a red beanie. MITPD Officers responded and located the suspect in the lobby of the building. The suspect was identified and a search of his backpack revealed that he was in possession of stolen laptops, including one reported stolen from the East Campus incidents below. The male was placed under arrest for Receiving Stolen Property +$250, Larceny From a Building, and Trespassing.


An unknown male was reported entering residents dorm rooms of East Campus, a residence hall, located at 62 Ames St./Building 62, between Monday, November 13 at 11:00 AM to 11:45AM. Additional reports of larceny occurred on today, Wednesday, Nov. 15,  between 2:30 AM and 10:30 AM.


The reporting parties state their doors were closed but not locked, or items were left in an open area, such as a kitchen. A backpack, credit cards, two laptops have been reported stolen.


A witness reports seeing a suspicious person with newspapers or paper towels in his hands. The witness describes the suspect as male, white, 60 to 70 years old, white hair, wearing neutral color clothes and white New Balance sneakers.


In order to protect yourself and your belongings from theft and/or facilitate the recovery of your stolen property, MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:

  • ALWAYS lock your doors and windows.
  • Please do not prop doors open.
  • Report all tailgaters, report suspicious people.
  • Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
  • Be watchful: See Something = Say Something.
  • Immediately notify the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone if you believe a crime is occurring, has occurred, or is about to occur.

The MIT Police want to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. This continues to be an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information please contact us at 617-253-1212.

The MIT Police are investigating this incident and request the assistance from the MIT community. If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477). If you have any information about this incident, please contact us at 617-253-1212. With the Thanksgiving break next week please be sure to lock your rooms. The MIT Police are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even on holidays!

Issued by

Captain Cheryl Vossmer
MIT Police                      617-253-1212
Bldg. W89          Office 617-253-9751
301 Vassar St.
Cambridge, MA 02139