A dozen thefts from University of Maryland dorms

The University of Maryland Police Department released these images of people of interest in the thefts. (UMPD)

WASHINGTON – A series of thefts from dorm rooms at the University of Maryland in College Park has police reminding students to treat their dorm rooms like their homes – and lock their doors.

Police also released images of people of interest in thefts Tuesday evening.

There were eight incidents of breaking and entering and personal property theft between 7 – 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7 from Centerville Hall and Cumberland Hall at the University of Maryland, police say. The eight dorm rooms that a man entered reportedly were not locked.

Between 8:45 – 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, there were four incidents of breaking and entering and theft in Denton Hall. A male suspect reportedly entered four different unlocked dorm rooms and stole property, police say.

Police say the suspect in the Jan. 30 incidents was a black male, approximately 6- feet tall with a beard. He was wearing a black or navy blue winter hat, a black coat and dark pants at the time of the incidents.

In the Feb. 7 incidents, police describe the suspect as a black male who was approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall wearing a black winter hat and black clothing. He reportedly had a rough complexion and spoke with an accent.

Students or other people with information about the incidents are encouraged to contact the University of Maryland police at 301-405-1796. Students and others may also email any information to investigations@umpd.umd.edu.

Students are also reminded not to prop doors open, let workers into buildings and to lock their doors even when leaving to shower or visit friends in the hall.

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