Man Entering Apartments, Bedrooms While Residents Sleep: Police

GPD: Man Enters Bedrooms While Residents Sleep

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department says it's upped its presence around college campuses after a series of reported break-ins, one in which the suspect touched a victim through a window.

Police say since August 25th, there have been at least 4 residential burglaries or attempted burglaries at first-floor college apartment complexes on Washington, Booker and Perkins streets, near NC A&T and Bennett College.

Nearby UNCG Police alerted students with a Spartan Alert:

"Recently, Greensboro Police have received numerous calls involving housing around the UNCG and N.C. A&T campuses. Victims are reporting a suspect entering their residence through an unlocked window and inappropriately touching them as they sleep. When the residents wake and realize what is happening, the suspect quickly exits the residence. All of the residences broken into have been first floor apartments.

The suspect is described as a thin, early 20’s black male with dark skin and his hair in short twists braids. His height is estimated between 5’8” and 6’. If you notice anyone suspicious in the area of your apartment complex, please call the Greensboro Police at 911. Remember to always lock your doors, windows, and cars especially after gatherings at your residence."

A spokesperson for NC A&T says an Aggie Alert  also went out to students Wednesday night.

Greensboro Police say on August 25th, a female resident woke up and saw a male standing over her - he left out the window when she awoke.

This past Sunday, Greensboro Police say there were two other incidents involving females on first-floor apartments with the windows unlocked.

On Perkins St., one victim turned her light on, scaring the suspect off around 2:30 AM.

About an hour later, police say the suspect went to S. Booker St. and reached his arm through a window and was touching that victim.

"That's ridiculous," says NC A&T student Corbin Smallwood.
 
He adds he's seen more police in the neighborhood.
 
"I think it's getting better they're taking precautions to try and stop that from happening."
 
The reports have put some students on edge.
 
"Sometimes I wish I would have stayed on campus because it's just like I don't know, are you really safe at night?" says NC A&T junior Chicago Bookman. 
 
Autumn Fennell, another student, says she lives off-campus on a first floor apartment, but she's always felt safe.
 
"I always have the windows up, keep my AC on, make sure my windows are locked at all times."
 
Police urge everyone to lock their windows and doors at night and when they leave the house.
 
Another tip is to put wind chimes on the windows or doors, to hear when people are going in and out.
 

Copyright 2016 WFMY


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