Early Sunday morning unknown persons broke into the Lory Student
Center, rummaged through offices and stole supplies from a storage
closet – the latest in a recent series of thefts and burglaries at
the student center.
“I’m still talking to people because it seems that more
incidents have occurred prior to this weekend,” said Cpl. Veronica
Olivas of the CSU Police Department. “I haven’t even put all the
pieces together to see if they are all connected or separate.”
There was no forced entry in the Sunday morning theft.
The student center closes at midnight on Saturday and re-opens
at 11 a.m. Sunday, so Robert Peters, director of business services
at the student center, believes the Sunday break-in occurred
between those times.
“Someone gained access to the offices and the employee locker
room,” Peters said. “They went through files and desks, but there
is nothing that we can tell missing from the offices.”
The Lory Dining Service office and the University Club were the
only two offices affected by the Sunday morning break-in. In
addition, about $15 worth of products disappeared from a storage
room, Peters said.
During the break-in, Joy Durol’s office and personal files were
also rummaged through, but she said nothing was missing.
“It was not ransacked; it was as though somebody got into locked
files and looked at things. They were looking for something,” said
Durol, assistant director of the Lory Dining Service.
Durol said she was shocked when she found her personal file
cabinets open after she had locked them prior to leaving for the
weekend, especially in light of the heavy security at the dining
office, which includes limited key holding privileges, even for
employees. “No copy” keys and an extra-secure key system are used
to protect the technological equipment in the office.
Peters and Durol believe the person or people involved in the
crime may have gained access to the building with a key lost by a
faculty member or by staying inside the student center after
Current safety measures at the student center include video
cameras dispersed throughout the building, exterior and interior
door locks as well as a building inspection by two building
managers prior to closing, Peters said.
Still, following the recent burglary, the university is
reevaluating the student center’s security.
“We are in the process of re-keying the entire outside (of the
student center) as well as (important) internal offices, which will
make us considerably more secure,” Peters said. “We still won’t
change the locks every time keys get lost – it is a very expensive
While the investigation continues, Olivas encouraged students
and faculty to take responsibility for their possessions, as it
remains unclear what the perpetrators were searching for when they
broke into the student center.
“People need to secure valuables, report crimes and report
suspicious behavior to police, keep track of individual property –
you can’t leave anything unattended,” Olivas said.
She added that keeping track of one’s belongings is important
anywhere on campus, but should be focused on when at the student
center, pending the conclusion of the investigation into the recent
thefts and burglaries.
“There have always been thefts and burglaries on campus, but
there seems to be a series of crimes occurring at the student
center,” Olivas said. “We’ll continue to investigate until we
figure out what is going on over there.”