As seniors and juniors flock off campus to alleviate Colorado College’s housing shortage, student homes have become the target of a recent slew of burglaries and break-ins. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 3 a.m. a man broke into the home of five senior CC students. The man entered the home through an unlocked door while the students were sleeping and proceeded to take some of their belongings. The man entered two rooms that were inhabited by sleeping students. After one roommate was awoken the students called the police and they arrived shortly after. The Colorado Springs Police Department reported that the suspect was still inside the home when police arrived on the scene and was taken into custody. Police had to break down the front door of the home to enter the scene. In order to subdue the intruder CSPD pulled their weapons. The suspect is being charged with Second Degree Burglary and Unlawful Distribution of Schedule II Controlled Substance. All students involved were not hurt.
Senior Lily Benjamin, whose 300 block Cache La Poudre St. home was broken into, said, “It shouldn’t take a strange man walking into your bedroom in the middle of the night to make you think about how you can make your home safer. We are so lucky that our situation ended up the way that it did, it could have been a lot worse. We hope that security and patrol around campus can be improved, but also that students take the proper precautions to ensure that their house is secure.”
Associate Director of Campus Safety Nick Calkins said, “After everybody moves back, people know and there are crimes of opportunity, which is a subset of crimes characterized by a small degree of premeditation, and that generally happen in the heat of the moment when a criminal sees the chance. Most normally, those are unattended belongings, open doors and windows, and for our campus community, the theft of improperly secured bikes. Though we statistically see an increase in these sorts of crimes at the beginning of each academic year, it does not mean students should not take a proactive role in keeping themselves and their property secure.”
In addition to the Cache La Poudre home break-in, someone broke into a car belonging to two senior CC students. In both situations, the door to the driver seat was propped open, however, the car had been locked. The contents from the passenger seat and center console were scattered throughout the car. The students were unable to determine if any of their belongings had been stolen.