Northeastern Crime Log

By Bessie King

Crime Log entries are selected from Northeastern’s Division of Public Safety reports.

Tuesday, May 9 6 p.m. The Boston Police Department (BPD) broadcast they were looking for suspects in a robbery at New York House of Pizza, located on the corner of Massachusetts and Columbus Avenues. The victim explained he was eating at the restaurant when three teenagers approached his table, grabbed his backpack and fled the scene. NUPD assisted in the search and found three teenagers who fit the description given by the victim outside of the T station. The suspects were stopped and questioned and after the victim identified them, BPD arrested two of the teenagers, aged 15 and 16 years old. The victim had no affiliation with Northeastern.

Thursday, May 11 1 p.m. Four high school-aged students in the Curry Student Center food court approached a high school student, demanding money, jewelry and a cell phone. The victim began calling for the attention of passers-by, and the four teenagers ran out of the building.

Thursday, May 11 1:30 p.m. A female university staff member reported leaving her office on the first floor of Holmes Hall for five minutes and, upon her return, found her purse missing. The office was left unlocked and unattended and another staff member in the ladies room of the building later found the purse. The victim’s wallet, which contained her license, credit cards, gift cards, and T-pass, all worth about $150, were missing.

Thursday, May 11 4 p.m. The manager at the Wollaston’s, located in West Village, reported detaining a 13-year-old girl who had been caught shoplifting from the store. NUPD contacted her mother and did not have to offer a warning not to be on school grounds again because the teenager’s mother assured police she would never be allowed to come back to the store or on Northeastern property.

Friday, May 12 9:30 a.m. A 21-year-old female student reported that after spending the night at a friend’s house, she returned to her Hemenway Street apartment to find it ransacked, and the appearance of blood in one room. A note and a punched wall picture, from where the blood is believed to have originated, were found. The victim, concerned with her safety, obtained a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, believing him to be the suspect. NUPD delivered it to the suspect. The student reported the man physically abused her and it was one of her reasons for breaking up with him. The case has been referred to OSCCR.

Friday, May 12 4:30 p.m. A female university staff member forgot her wallet in the Curry Student Center food court after eating. When she came back to look for it 10 minutes later, it was gone. The wallet contained her license, checkbook and credit cards.

Tuesday, May 16 2 p.m. A man trying to sell DVDs out of a duffel bag in Krentzman Quadrangle approached an officer dressed in plain clothes. The officer explained that the sale was not allowed and asked for the man’s identification. After seeing the man was wanted by the BPD for failing to appear in court and had drug and theft charges, BPD was called and 46-year-old Gregory Holder was arrested. He has no affiliation with Northeastern.

Tuesday, May 16 6 p.m. A 21-year-old female student reported losing her cell phone on an MBTA bus after it fell out of her pocket. Her friend called the phone, and someone else answered it and then hung up.

Wednesday, May 17 12:30 p.m. A 20-year-old male student informed NUPD of a domestic abuse restraining order he filed against his roommate, a 21-year-old female student. The female got drunk and physically aggressive toward the male student on several occasions and after the warrant was issued, and was forced to move out of the apartment. The case has been referred to OSCCR.

Wednesday, May 17 12:30 p.m. A male university staff member parked his car outside of Kerr Hall at 11 a.m., and by noon his window had been broken and his radio stolen.

Friday, May 19 12:15 a.m. A 22-year-old male student reported encountering three men walking in the opposite direction on Huntington Avenue while walking with a friend. Words were exchanged and the student claimed to have been assaulted. After calling NUPD, the two other males were found and identified as Wentworth Institute of Technology students who were intoxicated. The Wentworth students argued the Northeastern student began the assault. BPD officers determined that, due to the lack of witnesses, the students would have to file charges and go to court. The NU student showed signs of his face having been struck, and he was subsequently taken to the hospital. One Wentworth student also had signs of being struck on the face. NUPD detectives conducted interviews with the students and the Northeastern student will file criminal charges.

Friday, May 19 11 a.m. Renaissance Garage attendants discovered a car with a broken window and called NUPD. When the officer was in the garage, the owner of the car reported the break-in and said an iPod and GPS unit were stolen. He had no Northeastern affiliation. While there, officers searched the garage for suspects and found another car with a broken window. The owner, also with no Northeastern affiliation, claimed his radio and CD player were stolen, as well as an iPod, a laptop, a television and some clothing.

Friday, May 19 Noon A paying client with no Northeastern affiliation reported the tire iron in the back of his pickup truck had been stolen from his truck while it was parked in Renaissance Park Garage.

Friday, May 19 11:30 a.m. A university staff member reported a stolen laptop. The crime occurred overnight, since the laptop was in the reported room at 6 p.m. and was not found there the next morning. There was no sign of forced entry into the room, so it is believed the room was left unlocked.

Sunday, May 21 12:30 p.m. BPD broadcast a robbery on Huntington Avenue near the Christian Science Center’s reflection pool. Four teenagers showed a gun and stole a woman’s purse. A half hour later, NUPD observed four teenagers who fit the given description on Gainsborough Street. The group was detained, and the victim later identified them. Upon a search, the victim’s cell phone was recovered and an air pistol found. The four teenagers, 14 to 17 years old, were arrested. Three live in the immediate neighborhood and one lives out of town.

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