Nerves were rattled and Campus Safety was called twice, but ultimately no arrests were made in a series of incidents at Claremont McKenna College’s (CMC) senior apartments this weekend.
According to an email sent to the CMC community by Associate Dean of Students Jennifer Jimenez Maraña, the first incident occurred last Friday night around 11:30 p.m., when a student living in the apartments heard a series of cracking noises outside her window.
“When [the student] looked outside, she observed a heavyset white male with a buzz cut walking quickly from the area and into a white suburban that was parked on Claremont Boulevard,” the e-mail read. “While there was no damage to the window, Campus Safety as well as [the] Claremont Police Department (CPD) increased their patrol of the area.”
No further incidents were reported until around 1:40 a.m. on Sunday morning, when the student and her fellow residents returned to the apartment to find that the lock and screen on their window had been removed. Campus Safety and CPD were notified again, but no suspect has been named or apprehended.
Director of Campus Safety Shahram Ariane declined to give specifics on the incident, citing privacy concerns.
“There is an active police investigation currently in progress and I am not at liberty to discuss specifics,” Ariane wrote in an e-mail to The Student Life.
“CPD plays a key role in our overall crime prevention strategy,” he added.
Around the same time last year, there was a similar incident at the CMC senior apartments in which a man described by witnesses as 6’1” broke into one of the apartments while the resident was sleeping and stole expensive electronics. Shortly after the incident, two men were reported sitting in a red Pontiac outside the apartments on Claremont Boulevard before driving off when a student spotted them.
Pomona College also witnessed several burglaries last year, including an incident in Clark I and Wig residence halls, where burglars entered multiple rooms through windows and stole expensive items. Campus Safety and CPD collaborated on both incidents, but no arrests were made.
In September, a squatter was found living in CMC’s Marks Hall, though no thefts were reported associated with the incident.
Tracy Kao CM ’12, who lives in the apartments, said students at CMC are generally pretty careful when it comes to security.
“I think we’re already really cautious,” Kao said. “I think everyone’s going to be more cautious [after this incident], but I don’t see how that’s going to affect things day to day.”