Burglars hit Cougar Village at SIUE

News-DemocratDecember 5, 2013 

— Police believe at least two burglaries were attempted at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Cougar Village during the Thanksgiving break, with more since.

SIUE Police were notified last week that someone had broken into an apartment in the 400 side of the Cougar Village on-campus apartments, possibly through an unsecured window. Several items of clothing, an Xbox console and several Xbox games were missing.

A storage closet apparently was broken into during the same time period. The door was pried open and several tools were taken.

On Tuesday, police were notified that someone had damaged the window screen of an apartment window in the 400 section sometime between 11 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"We're thinking someone tried to gain access," said SIUE Chief Kevin Schmoll.

Students are permitted to stay in Cougar Village during the Thanksgiving break, but most of them go home for the holiday, Schmoll said. So far, there have been no developments in the burglaries.

SIUE Police reminded students to lock their doors whenever leaving a dorm room or apartment, make sure windows are locked at all times, keep valuables out of sight and leave the light on when they are away.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call SIUE Police at 650-3324.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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