Rash of Med Center Break-Ins Continues
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012 16:03
Two burglaries were reported at the Georgetown University Medical Center during spring break, bringing the total number of Med Center break-ins over the past two months to eight.
The first of the two burglaries occurred in Building D between 6 p.m. Friday, March 2 and 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, the Metropolitan Police Department reported.
According to MPD’s incident report, a suspect pried open the door to an office suite and took keys from an unlocked cabinet. The suspect then entered a locked room and stole a laptop worth $300. The office was left ransacked.
In the second burglary, which occurred the morning of Sunday, March 4, a suspect forced his way into several offices in the New Research Building. According to MPD’s incident report, the suspect broke open several locked desk drawers and caused $500 worth of damage but did not steal anything.
Neither MPD report contained descriptions of the suspects in either incident.
Since Jan. 21, the Department of Public Safety has reported nine burglaries at Medical Center buildings. Of these, four have occurred at Building D, four at the New Research Building and one at the Med-Dent Building.
The total cost of damage to offices and stolen goods in the eight burglaries is more than $2,300, according to MPD incident reports.
According to Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh, the Med Center established a security work team this January in response to the rash of burglaries.
The team is looking into ways to enhance security at the Med Center, including restricting access to buildings and offices and increasing data security, among other measures. In late March the team will submit a set of recommendations to address the burglaries, which the university plans to implement immediately.
Progress has been made on an investigation of a Jan. 26 burglary at the New Research Building, as two suspects who matched the descriptions of suspects in that burglary were detained by DPS officers Feb. 17 as they unlawfully entered the same building.
The suspects, who had been captured on video surveillance footage from Jan. 26, were described in a DPS public safety alert about the burglary as two black males between the ages of 35 and 40 driving a white, two-door pickup truck.
DPS notified MPD and barred the men from campus after the Feb. 17 incident.
According to Pugh, all of the Med Center burglaries are still under active investigation.