Details emerge in student housing burglary cases

Oakridge, Old Farm and Pine View student housing have reported an unknown person entering apartments between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., stealing gaming equipment, movies, iPods and cash.There are also rumors of thefts at Riverside Apartments, Kampus Korner and Garden Courts – all apartment complexes affected are located within a mile radius.Capt. Jeff Curtis of the Logan City Police Department said the thief wanders through student housing complexes looking for unlocked doors. The person is mainly taking cash and any valuable items to pawn.”I went to bed around 1. I was sleeping, and I rolled over and for some reason I woke up and I saw someone standing in my room,” said Jake Sorensen, Oakridge resident and freshman at USU. “He was looking over my dresser drawer at my family picture.”Sorensen said the man in his room was tall with short hair similar to a military haircut and a thin body and face. Sorensen said when he asked the man what he was doing, the man was startled and came to the edge of the bed. He said the man told him he was sorry for being in his bedroom, and he was looking for someone named Matt, which happened to be the name of a boy living in an apartment across the hall from Sorensen. After they spoke, he walked out of Sorensen’s room and shut the door behind him.It was 6:15 a.m. when Sorensen had awoken to the man in his room. He said he didn’t think much of the incident when the man left until he realized $40 was missing from his wallet.”I didn’t think he was robbing me. I just thought he had the wrong room. I didn’t think anything about it,” Sorensen said.Oakridge manager Mikelle Della-Lucia said the thief has also been known to take car remotes and get into residents’ vehicles.Down the street from Oakridge, $1,600 worth of gaming equipment was missing from Tyrell Marchant’s Old Farm apartment early Saturday morning. He realized it was missing after his friend Dan Clark said the girls’ apartment next door was robbed. He then went downstairs and his door was slightly open. He realized his Xbox 360 and some video games were missing, along with movies.

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