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 Security Alert - Robbery  December 22, 2011

On December 20, 2011 at about 9:40 a.m., a student was the victim of an armed robbery in Morningside Park near W. 116St. The victim reports that she was approached by a male who displayed a gun and demanded her property. The victim complied, and after the male took her property, he fled east in Morningside Park. The victim gave the following description to the police:

Male/Black/6'/35-40 yrs/stocky build/ wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans and holding an orange construction helmet.

Ken Finnegan Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351.

 Security Alert - Attempted Robbery - November 21, 2011

On November 21, 2011 at about 11:50 p.m., a student was the victim of an attempted robbery on W.114St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. The student accompanied by another person was accosted as she was walking on the north side of W.114 St. towards Broadway. The suspect pushed the victim against a fence, threatened her and demanded her I-phone. When the suspect learned she did not have an I- phone, he fled east towards Amsterdam Avenue without taking any property. The suspect is observed on video walking back and forth on W. 114 St. prior to the crime. Moments earlier, he followed a student into Ruggles Hall but left the building immediately. If you observe this person on the street, call the police immediately by dialing 911.
Suspect description:
Male/black/30/5’8/150lbs/wearing a black leather jacket, dark ski cap, blue jeans, dark shoes, a dark shirt or sweater with a white tee shirt underneath.

Ken Finnegan Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790 November 21, 2011

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351.

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 Security Alert - Armed Robbery - November 19, 2011

The New York City Police Department has notified us that on November 19, 2011 at about 2:05 a.m., two students were the victim of a robbery on W. 122 St. near Amsterdam Avenue. The victims were talking when they were approached by two males. One of the suspects displayed a firearm, while the second took the purse of one of the victims. The suspects fled south on Amsterdam Ave. in a black sedan.

The Police Department has supplied the following descriptions:

Suspect # 1- Male/Black/5'8"/20's/wearing a dark hooded jacket/light colored baseball cap/jeans/sneakers Displayed a silver automatic.

Suspect # 2- Male/Black/30's/6'-6'3"/medium build/ dark jacket/baseball cap/jeans/sneakers.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351. If you observe anyone acting in a suspicious manner or you feel threatened in any way, call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Ken Finnegan Director, Investigations and Technology Projects 212-854-4790 November 19, 2011

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351.

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 Security Alert - Armed Robbery - November 15, 2011

We have been notified by the NYPD, that on November 12, 2011 at about 7:30 p.m two males were the victim of an attempted robbery in the lobby of a brownstone on W. 114 ST. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. The suspect shown in the photo below was sitting on the steps of the brownstone and followed the first victim into the hallway. He displayed a gun and demanded the victim's I-phone. When the victim stated he didn't have an I-phone, the male gave it back to him. The second victim entered the hallway and the suspect demanded his I-phone. Once again the suspect handed it back when he found out it was not actually an I-phone. The suspect left the building and fled on foot down Amsterdam Ave.

The following description was given to the police: Male/Black/30 yrs/5'8"/160 lbs/ black hat/green waist length jacket/ blue jeans.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351.

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 Security Alert - Larceny - November 11, 2011 - SUSPECT SURRENDERED

On November 9, 2011 at 1:02 p.m. the male shown below picks up a pair of pants from the hallway near the squash court area of Dodge Gym, stuffs the pants under his shirt and immediately leaves the building. If you have any information about this crime or the identity of this individual, contact the undersigned. Please remember to use the lockers provided by the Athletics Department when using the athletic facility.

Updating our alert from November 10, 2011 this photo shows the suspect from the larceny in Dodge Gym accompanied by a second male. These males are now considered suspects in an additional theft which occurred on October 28, 2011 in Dodge Gym. If observed on campus, notify Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

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 Security Alert - Larceny - November 02, 2011

On November 2, 2011 at about 6:15 p.m. a student left her wallet unattended near a public computer in Mudd. The male shown in the photo is observed picking up the wallet, and placing it in his bag. The male had been loitering near the public computers for about 15-20 minutes prior to the theft. If you observe the male shown in the photo, contact Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555. Remember to keep your personal property with you at all times, and report any suspicious activity you observe to Public Safety.

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 Security Alert - Robbery - October 25, 2011

On October 25, 2011 at 10:30 p.m. two students were accosted on W. 114 St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. Two males, shown in the photos below, approached the students, displayed a box cutter and demanded that one of the student's turn over his I-phone. The suspects fled south on Amsterdam Ave. If you have any information concerning this crime, contact the 26 Pct. Detective Squad at 212-678-1351.

Remember to be aware of your surroundings when traveling at night, and use the Columbia University Shuttle Service, whenever possible. Schedule information can be found on the Public Safety website at www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety

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 Security Alert - Bike Larceny - October 23, 2011

On October 23, 2011 at 4:11 p.m. and again at 4:15 p.m. the male shown in the photos below, stole two bicycles from the Wein Courtyard. If you have any information about this crime, notify the undersigned. Please remember to utilize a sturdy locking device when securing your bicycle.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the New York City Police Department at their TIPS line 800-577-8477

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 Security Alert - Sexual Assault - October 09, 2011 - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On October 9, 2011 at about 6:00 p.m., a female was the victim of a sexual assault, in Morningside Park near W. 118St. The victim was walking in the park when she was approached by the suspect and after a short conversation, was sexually assaulted. The suspect fled on foot, south on Morningside Drive, towards W. 115St.

The suspect is described as: Male/black/medium skin tone/5'8"/150lbs./20's/ last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black do-rag and jeans.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the New York City Police Department at their TIPS line 800-577-8477

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 Security Alert - Larceny - September 29, 2011 - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On September 29, 2011 at 11:35 a.m. the male shown in the photo was observed removing a laptop and additional property from a locker in Uris Hall. The male is wheeling a pull cart, and he is observed placing posters on bulletin boards. If observed on campus, notify Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

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 Security Alert - Laptop Thefts - September 12, 2011 - SUSPECTS APPREHENDED

In the last week there have been several reports of laptop thefts, and the thefts of other small portable electronic devices from Greek houses on W. 114St., and from the Hartley Residence Hall. Each of the thefts has occurred in rooms that are unlocked. Witnesses and victims have supplied descriptions of a group of young males accompanied by one female who are present in the houses, but have no apparent affiliation to the University, or any of the building occupants. The losses are discovered after this group leaves the premises.

Please remember to lock your doors when leaving your room, even for short periods of time.

The Department of Public Safety is attempting to identify these individuals who were observed in and around the buildings where the thefts occurred. It is believed they may have valuable information that will assist in solving these crimes. If anyone has information about these witnesses, contact the undersigned. If you observe anyone in your living quarters that does not belong, call Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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 Security Alert - Armed Robbery - August 29, 2011

The New York City Police Department has notified us that three males were the victims of an armed robbery that occurred on the sidewalk near 535 W. 111ST. The robbery took place on August 26, 2011 at about 9:25 p.m.

The victims were in front of the location when two males approached them, displayed a gun and removed their property. The suspects fled towards Broadway in a black SUV. If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351.

Witnesses gave the police the following descriptions:
  #1-male/black/27 yrs/6'2"/170lbs/braided hair/orange shirt/black shorts/displayed a handgun.
  #2-male/black/27yrs/6'3"/190lbs/short black hair/dark complexion.

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 Security Alert - Phone Snatch - August 18, 2011

On August 15, 2011 at about 7:10 p.m. the subjects shown in the photos, approached a female on Morningside Drive near W. 118St. The subject in the white t-shirt grabbed her cell phone. The subjects fled into Morningside Park at W. 118St. If you have any information about this crime, contact the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351. Remember to be aware of your surroundings when using your cell phone in a public area.

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 Security Alert - Burglary - August 18, 2011 - SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On August 15, 2011 at about 5:31p.m., the subject shown in this photo, stole property from an office in the Northwest Corner building. If observed on campus, notify Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555. Remember to never leave property unattended and to always lock rooms and offices, when not in use.

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 Security Alert - Assault - July 25, 2011

On July 25, 2011 at about 1:50 a.m. a student reported that he was assaulted on the west side of Broadway near W.119 St. The victim was followed from the area of Broadway and W125St. by a group of five males. They surrounded him and punched him, knocking him to the ground. The suspects fled on foot towards Claremont Ave. and then ran north from W. 120St. If you feel you are being followed or harassed, call 911 immediately. Additionally, Columbia University Public Safety has partnered with businesses in the neighborhood in a Safe Haven program. Look for the RED LION in the store window. Participating businesses can be found here.

If you have any information about these crimes call the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351-52 or 53.

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 Security Alert - Larceny from A Vehicle - July 15, 2011

The NYPD has informed us that on July 15 , 2011 at about 6:45 p.m., a car was broken into on Broadway near W. 118 St. A review of available video shows the male, in the photo below, breaking into the vehicle and removing property. The male fled north on Broadway, riding a bicycle.

If you have any information about these crimes call the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351-52 or 53.

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 Security Alert - Robberies - July 06, 2011

The New York City Police Department has notified us that on July 3, 2011 at about 12:40 a.m. a male was robbed on W. 114 St. between Broadway and Riverside Drive. The suspects approached the victim, knocked him to the ground and took his property. The suspects fled on foot towards Broadway. In a second incident reported by the police, on July 5th, at about 9:20p.m. in Riverside Park near W. 116 St., a female was approached by a suspect riding a small BMX bike. The suspect demanded her cell phone and pushed her to the ground.

If you have any information about these crimes call the 26Pct. Detective Unit at 212-678-1351-52 or 53. Remember when walking at night be aware of your surroundings and limit the use of your cell phone, whenever possible.

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 Purse Snatch - June 08, 2011

On June 8, 2011 at about 3:40 a.m., a female was the victim of a purse snatch near 566 W. 114 St. The male shown in the photo below, grabbed the victim's purse as she was about to enter the Broadway Residence dormitory. He fled west on W. 114 St. If you have any information concerning this crime contact the 26 Pct. Detective Squad at 212-678-1351. Remember to stay aware of your surroundings when traveling at night.

If the above male is observed around Columbia University property, immediately notify Public Safety at 212-854-5555 on the Morningside Campus and 212-305-7979 on the Medical campus.

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 Security Alert - June 03, 2011

On June 3, 2011 at about 2:50 p.m., the male shown in the photo below, entered the ladies bathroom, twice, on the 4th floor of S.I.P.A. located at 420 W. 118 St. If you see this person contact Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

If the above male is observed around Columbia University property, immediately notify Public Safety at 212-854-5555 on the Morningside Campus and 212-305-7979 on the Medical campus.

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 Larceny - April 27, 2011

On April 27, 2011, Two Columbia University affiliates reported thefts relating to their bikes, which were secured to the bike racks at the Black Building. CCTV review showed the below male remove a tire from one bike, and a bike from another rack. Public Safety is trying to identify the male in question who is believed responsible for multiple bike related thefts on the Medical campus and the Morningside Campus.

If the above male is observed around Columbia University property, immediately notify Public Safety at 212-854-5555 on the Morningside Campus and 212-305-7979 on the Medical campus.

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 Burglary Alert - April 09, 2011

On Saturday, April 9, 2011 at approximately 6:00 pm, a Columbia University affiliate reported someone removed her unattended laptop from the 4th Library located in the Northwest Corner Building. CCTV review by Investigations showed the below male enter the library's exit passageway, bypassing the turnstile. After 20 minutes of canvassing the library, he removed an IPod from one table and a Laptop from another, then exiting the building down the campus steps to 120th Street, heading east toward Amsterdam Avenue.

If the above male is observed around Columbia University property, immediately notify Public Safety at 212-854-5555 on the Morningside Campus and 212-305-7979 on the Medical campus.

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 Burglary Alert - April 02, 2011

On Saturday April 2, 2011 at approximately 3:00 pm, a Columbia affiliate reported that someone removed her I Phone from the Mudd 4th Floor Library. On Saturday April 9, 2011 at approximately 1:00 pm, a Columbia University affiliate reported that someone removed her laptop from Schermerhorn 8th Floor. CCTV review showed the below male in the area and or on the campus during the time of both of these incidents. Also several students have advised they confronted a male fitting the below description when he was found going through the students property in the Mudd Library. Public Safety is looking to identify this male and confirm his business on Columbia University property.

If the above male is observed around Columbia University property, immediately notify Public Safety at 212-854-5555 on the Morningside Campus and 212-305-7979 on the Medical campus.

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 Robbery - January 15, 2011

On Saturday, January 15, 2011, at approximately 1:10pm, a Columbia University student was the victim of an assault and robbery on 113th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.  CCTV review by CU Investigations showed the victim walking south, with the suspect shown below following him from 114th St and Broadway. After the incident, the suspect ran east on 113th Street and then south on  Amsterdam Avenue..

If  anyone has additional information, please contact Detective Lugo, 26 Precinct Detective Squad, 212-678-1351-52-53, or the undersigned.  Please remember when walking, be cautious while talking on your cell phone.

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 Larceny - January 12, 2011

On January 12, 2011, at approximately 12:30pm, a Columbia University student reported that an unknown person removed her wallet from her pocketbook which was left unattended at her workstation on SIAP 12th Floor.  A canvas by Public Safety identified a witness who observed a suspicious male lingering near the complainant's workstation.  After a CCTV review by CU Investigations, Public Safety is looking to identify the below male who was identified by the witness as the male observed on the floor...

If this gentleman is observed on campus, please call Public Safety immediately  at 212-854-5555, or 99 from any Rolm phone.  If you have any additional information concerning this crime, please contact Detective Obelt, 26 Precinct Detective Squad, 212-678-1351-52-53.

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Burglary - January 1, 2011

On March 16, 2011, a suspect was arrested and charged for the burglary that took place within 538 W. 120 St.

On January 1, 2011 at 9:25pm, a student reported an office in Pupin Hall broken into.  On January 2, 2011 at 5:25am, a Public Safety Officer on patrol discovered an office in Hamilton Hall broken into.  In both incidents, a person gained entry by using a fire extinguisher to break the glass to the main suite door.  Video review by CU Investigations identified the male shown below entering, inside and/or leaving Pupin and Hamilton buildings at the times of incident... 

If you have any information concerning this crime, please contact Detective Shannon, 26th Pct Detective Squad at 212-678-1351-52-53, or the undersigned..

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