Burglary at Beta Theta Pi

March 20, 2019


On March, 19, 2019 at 4:25 p.m., the MIT Police responded to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, located at 119 Bay State Road on a report of a suspicious person. The reporting party stated that he encountered an unknown individual in the basement of the fraternity house and that the individual did not belong in the building. When confronted, the suspect fled the area and the reporting party followed the suspect to the first floor where he fled the building through the front door.


The reporting party described the suspect as: Male, Black, 5'10", medium build, 50 years of age, black hair with specks of gray, wearing black clothing and carrying a blue draw string bag.


While victims of crimes are never to blame for criminal activity, there are some precautions that can be taken. 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:

  • 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.
  • Always lock your office and residential doors and windows. Assure that the locks are in good working order.
  • Lock your office or residential door if you are leaving (even if only for a minute or two).
  • When entering or exiting an office, make sure the door closes tightly behind you.
  • Report suspicious people or activity. Report all tailgaters.

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.

The MIT Police are investigating this crime and request the assistance from the MIT community.  If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477).

Issued by

Sergeant David J. O'Connor
Crime Prevention/Community Policing Unit
MIT Police
301 Vassar Street
Cambridge, Ma. 02139