Timely Warning Burglary

November 23, 2021


Incident One
On November 22, 2021, at 2:31 AM, the MIT Police responded to Phi Delta Theta, an MIT fraternity located at 97 Bay State Road in Boston, on a report of an attempted burglary. The reporting party stated that a few minutes before, he was awakened by an individual on the fire escape who was attempting to open his third floor bedroom window. When confronted by the reporting party, the individual fled down the fire escape in an unknown direction.

Incident Two
On November 22, 2021, at 11:01 PM, the MIT Police responded to Sigma Nu, an MIT fraternity located at 99 Bay State Road in Boston, on a report of a burglary. The reporting party stated that sometime between 2:30AM and 2:55AM on Monday, November 22, 2021, someone entered the building and stole a television, headphones, and miscellaneous electronic devices. There were no signs of forced entry to the building.


Incident One
There is no description of the suspect available at this time.

Incident Two
Description of Person of Interest
Based on the review of video of the entry of the house, a person of interest can be observed with the following description: a middle-aged male of medium height and build with dark skin, wearing a black leather baseball cap with a white logo on the back and a long black coat.


The MIT Police are actively investigating both of these incidents and the MIT Police Detective Unit has not determined whether or not these two incidents are related.


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: 

  1. 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.
  2. Always lock your office and residential doors and windows. Assure that the locks are in good working order.
  3. Lock your office or residential door if you are leaving (even if only for a minute or two).
  4. When entering or exiting an office, make sure the door closes tightly behind you.
  5. Report person(s) acting in a suspicious, alarming or unsafe manner. 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

This notification is in compliance with the “Timely Warning” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.