Northeastern Crime Log

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

Tuesday, August 1 8 a.m. The manager at Wollaston’s in the Marino Center reported seeing a juvenile in the store who he suspected of shoplifting. He didn’t catch him, but was suspicious and called Northeastern Police. Officers questioned the individual, and found he was wanted by Milton police on an outstanding warrant for vandalism. He is a 16-year-old high school student who lives in the area.

Wednesday, August 2 1:30 a.m. Boston and Northeastern police responded to a report a group of juveniles were breaking car windows on St. Botolph Street near Matthews Arena. A resident came out of a nearby apartment and identified three young males. Boston police arrested the juveniles, two 13-year-olds and a 15-year-old. None of the cars had Massachusetts license plates and or Northeastern markings on them.

8 a.m. Someone apparently tried to steal a DVD player from a third-floor classroom in Snell Engineering. An alarm went off, and when officers arrived they found the equipment had been tampered with but was all still there, and no one was around.

Thursday, August 3 Noon A woman who works on Huntington Avenue at another educational institution was eating lunch at the Marino Center. Her purse was hooked over the back of her chair, and when she finished lunch she realized her wallet was no longer in her purse. A friend sitting with her then realized a man she had seen standing behind her had pick-pocketed the purse, but he was gone. The wallet contained $60.

Saturday, August 5 3:30 a.m. A 20-year-old female student was walking with her 21-year-old non-student boyfriend on Gainsborough Street toward her Columbus Avenue apartment. On the overpass, they encountered four young men who demanded their money and cell phones. The student turned over her purse, which contained credit cards, and her cell phone. Her boyfriend turned over his wallet, which contained credit cards and a small amount of cash, and his cell phone. They reported the thief to the officer on patrol at the end of the foot bridge, but the thief fled down St. Botolph Street. Surveillance video of the incident has been turned over to Boston police.

6:30 p.m. A 21-year-old female student returned to her apartment at 407 Huntington Ave. after being away Friday night, and discovered her laptop missing. Entrance was apparently gained through her unlocked ground floor window.

Midnight A security officer on the Camden footbridge reported two men loitering, and Northeastern police officers responded to investigate. They discovered one of the men, Gregory Laguerre, 22, of Dorchester, was wanted by Boston police on an outstanding warrant for disorderly conduct, trespassing and drug offenses. He was arrested on that warrant, and his friend was sent on his way.

Sunday, August 6 Noon A male student reported he had met a man in his 40s the previous day on Westland Avenue, who approached him on the sidewalk and invited him into a local restaurant for drinks. When he left, the man asked him for his cell phone number, which the student gave him. As he thought about it later, he became anxious about it. Northeastern police are familiar and reported the incident, with the man, who was arrested by Harvard police several years ago convicted of multiple counts of rape and spent time in prison. Harvard then arrested him again for not registering as a sex offender. His typical behavior is to approach college students, befriend them, take them out for drinks, and later assault them. He is about 45 years old, and his name is Jean.

3:30 p.m. Boston University police contacted Northeastern police to report they had recovered stolen property that belonged to Northeastern students. Several weeks earlier some laptops and wallets were stolen from the boathouse. BU police responded to an office building where there was a report of a theft, and while they were investigating that, they found the stolen items. They have since been returned.

5:30 p.m. A 20-year-old female student was on Huntington Avenue near Gainsborough Street when a group of young teenaged males passed by her and one of them grabbed her inappropriately on the behind. Officers located the offending youth at Lucky Store 24/7. He apologized, citing peer pressure, and she accepted his apology. The youth was sent on his way.

11:45 p.m. A 20-year-old male student in West Village A called to report an argument with his 20-year-old roommate. The student reported he was trying to sleep, but his roommate was up with the lights on playing video games and screaming at the computer. When the student confronted his roommate, the roommate allegedly grabbed him and pushed him back. He wrote a letter of apology the next day.

Monday, August 7 4 p.m. Several callers reported a group of teenage girls yelling and arguing in the alley behind 50 St. Stephen St. Two young women were stopped as they were leaving the area. They were young teens and admitted they had been in the argument but neither wanted to press charges.

Tuesday, August 8 12:15 a.m. A 20-year-old female student reported that a group of teenage males threw cans and other items at her as she was sitting on a bench in the Bullfinch Mall. She called NUPD on her cell phone, and the teens fled. Northeastern police stopped five suspects nearby, but the young woman was unable to positively identify them. They were all issued warnings for trespassing, and two of them already had arrest records. Their families have since been contacted, and they will be arrested if they’re found on campus again.

Wednesday, August 9 9:30 a.m. A male graduate student reported his laptop was stolen from a shared graduate student office in Hurtig Hall. He had left his office early in the morning and locked the door. When he got back, there was another graduate student in the office. The student said he had not seen the computer, but admitted he had left the office unlocked for about 15 minutes while he went to get coffee.

Noon A 25-year-old female student reported her bicycle stolen from Richardson Plaza. She had locked it with a cable at 8 a.m., and when she returned at noon, it was gone.

1 p.m. A female staff member called Northeastern police to ask if her wallet had been turned in. It had, but when she went to pick it up, there was $20, credit cards, a watch, and diamond earrings missing from it. She said it had been stolen the previous day between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. when her backpack was in an unlocked area of the library.

Thursday, August 10 12:30 a.m. Three male students and one female student, all 19 except one male, who was 18, had been riding the T and got off at Ruggles. A group of young teenagers followed them off the T, and as they walked into Centennial Common, the group surrounded them and demanded their money. One student had $60, another gave up his wallet. They offered their cell phones but the teens didn’t take them, and ran off.

Noon A high school student attending a summer enrichment program on campus reported he had been threatened in the Curry Student Center food court by the father of one of his classmates in the summer program, who he apparently had offended verbally. Both students were suspended for the day. The student and his parents are deciding whether to file a criminal charge.

Saturday, August 12 3 a.m. A female student reported she was walking in front of Shillman Hall when a group of more than a dozen young teenagers rode by on bicycles. One of them slapped her behind and rode off. Northeastern police stopped three suspects on bicycles by the Egan Center, but the young woman could not positively identify them. Northeastern police will contact their parents. Their ages were 14, 15 and 16.

Sunday 4:30 a.m. A caller reported a man tampering with cars in the North Parking Lot. Officers discovered Wilfredo Burgos, 26, of Roxbury, as he was walking away from a car with a broken window, carrying a screwdriver. He was arrested for breaking into the car, and had pockets full of loose change, a pair of prescription glasses and a CD case. There were two other damaged cars in the lot. The one with the broken window was owned by a female student, who reports nothing missing from her car. The glasses and change were stolen from other cars in the lot.

Monday 5:30 p.m. An officer patrolling Hemenway Street on a bicycle near Forsyth Street rode by a parked car and saw a person in the driver’s seat with a baggie of marijuana in his lap. He also voluntarily gave up a second baggie. The man was a 47-year-old from Newton, with no connection to Northeastern. He was advised not to return to the neighborhood.

8 p.m. The same officer, patrolling on a bicycle on the Fenway, smelled marijuana and saw two people sitting on a bench across the street from Kerr Hall. They were both 23, one male and one female, and had no affiliation with Northeastern. They were sharing a joint marijuana cigarette, which they put out.

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