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Burglars Target Dorm Rooms Over Holiday Break

SOCORRO, N.M. January 7, 2014 – New Mexico Tech staff members discovered that more than two dozen residence hall rooms were burglarized over the past weekend.

One apartment in Altamirano Hall and 28 rooms in South Hall were broken into, according to campus assistant police chief Scott Scarborough. He said the break-ins probably happened between 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

A student resident of Altamirano reported that his room had been robbed of a guitar, an amp, a television, two gaming consoles, a jewelry box and books.

Campus police are investigating. Most rooms appear to have been entered by breaking in through the windows, all of which were locked. The burglar (or burglars) broke into some rooms through shared bathrooms.

Many of the rooms that were entered seem to have valuables left behind, Scarborough said.

Mitch Tappen, director of Residential Life Office, said all students who live in South Hall were contacted by email, with phone calls placed to students whose rooms where burglarized. Students whose rooms were broken into have been instructed to call Tappen’s office at 575-835-5900. Anyone who may have information about the crimes should call campus police at (575) 835-5434.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech