On January 22, 2019, it was reported to the MIT Police that lab spaces on an upper floor of building E14, located at 75 Amherst Street in Cambridge, were burglarized sometime between 10 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
The reporting party stated that someone entered the lab spaces on the third floor and removed valuable electronic equipment. The reporting party stated that an unknown individual was seen wandering around in two different areas after being told to leave the building. There were no signs of forced entry to any of the areas involved. The individual that was seen wandering the building is described as male, 17-21 years of age, facial hair and a thin mustache, wearing a beanie style cap with the "thrasher" logo on it and a dark gray winter coat.
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 doors and windows. Assure that the locks are in good working order.
• Lock your office 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).
Sergeant David J. O'Connor
Crime Prevention/Community Policing Unit
301 Vassar Street
Cambridge, Ma. 02139