Crime in the pines
Over the past two weekends, Bowdoin witnessed a sharp increase
in theft-thefts that have left students concerned and Security in pursuit
of an elusive thief.
On Sunday, September 2, students in Coles Tower called Bowdoin
Security to report CDs and other items missing from residences. In that
same time frame, a laptop computer from Moore Hall and camera equipment
outside an office were both reported as missing? Each theft occurred during
daylight and involved valuable items.
Several students in the tower reported seeing a suspicious
male, described as Caucasian, approximately 5'11" with dirty blond
While Security cannot decisively say if the crimes were
connected, Director of Security, Bruce Boucher did say, "there is
a pattern, which may or may not be a coincidence." However, he did
rule out the possibility of the incidents being pranks and said, "the
crimes were definitely with the intention to deprive people of their property."
Bowdoin Security has been working closely with the Brunswick
Police Department on the case, and the crimes are still being "actively
investigated," according to Boucher. Because two of the thefts took
place in residences, they are classified as a burglary, a Class B felony
that usually carries a one year jail sentence.
The third theft, which occurred outside an office door,
is also being classified as a Class B felony because of the value of the
In response to the burglaries, some dorms are taking more
security measures. For example, Stowe Inn's main entryway, previously
open 24 hours a day, is now locked at all times.
Though Boucher does not necessarily believe that crime is
on the rise at Bowdoin, he did observe that the burglaries are in keeping
with a cyclic pattern of lulls, followed by a rash of thefts throughout
the past few years. Because all of the incidents took place in "insecure"
areas, Security urged students to take precautions to avoid future thefts.
He emphasized common sense preventative measures, and reminded students
to "lock doors, be vigilant, and notify security if something is
Anyone with additional information about the string of thefts
should contact Bowdoin Security at x3314.