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SFSU police investigate attempted burglary at campus dorm during move-in week

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San Francisco State University’s Centennial Village dorms are seen on their main campus in San Francisco, Calif. Monday, February 29, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco State University police on Tuesday were investigating an attempted burglary that occurred at an on-campus dorm two days before the start of instruction.

A resident of an apartment located in the campus’ Centennial Village, an apartment complex reserved for Upper Division students, reported that two suspects kicked in the front door to his apartment at 9:51 p.m. Monday, according to police.

After forcing their way into the apartment, the victim reported that one of suspects, who was carrying a clipboard, approached him and informed him that his valuables were not safe.

The suspect prompted the victim to gather up his valuables and follow the suspects outside of the apartment. The victim refused to comply, and the suspects fled the apartment in an unknown direction.

Police who combed the area were unable to locate the suspects. The victim described one of the suspects as a black man in his early 20s with a small goatee who was wearing a purple bandana and a grey hoodie.

The second suspect is described as a black man of the same age, estimated to be about 6 feet 3 inches tall, and was wearing a red hoodie.

SFSU Police Chief Jason Wu said that burglaries are “rather unusual” on campus, where the most commonly reported crime is unattended property theft. Wu said the victim “did not recognize” the suspects and that they are not believed to be students of the university.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident and have ramped up patrols in the area. They are cautioning students currently moving into on-campus housing to be “alert and observant,” and to secure the front doors to their residences with “the dead-bolt locked at all times.”

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious activity to the SFSU Police Department at (415) 338-2222, or to leave an anonymous tip at (415) 338-7200.


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