Stolen backpack was a crime of opportunity

A student whose backpack was stolen after being hidden in the woods reported the theft to Campus Police on March 31 at 2:50 p.m.

The backpack and its contents were valued at $815.

He said he was walking from the Lot 6 parking garage to Wolfe Hall when he realized he had forgotten something in his car.

Because he didn’t want to carry the backpack to the parking garage, he decided to hide it in a wooded area behind the dumpsters at the rear of Wolfe Hall, according to police.

He informed Campus Police that when he returned, the backpack was gone.

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A Playstation III game system was reported stolen to Campus Police at 3 p.m. on March 30.

According to the police report, the Playstation and 10 to 15 Playstation games were stolen from a room in Centennial Hall between 3:30 p.m. on March 27 and 2 p.m. on March 30.

There were no signs of someone breaking into the room. The victim informed Campus Police that he told his Community Advisor about the theft and knows the serial number of the stolen Playstation.

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After hearing glass break in the common room of his townhouse on March 28, a student contacted Campus Police at 1:10 a.m.

The student told the responding officers that when he went outside after seeing that the window had been broken, he saw various people walking around in a normal manner, deterring any suspicion that they had been involved with the broken window.

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A student reported the theft of her bicycle to Campus Police at 7 p.m. on March 30.

She said she had locked her bike near the north entrance of Eickoff Hall at a bike rack on March 26 at 3 p.m.

She said it wasn’t until 2 p.m. on March 28 that she noticed the bike was gone.

She said she had wanted to check other possible locations before reporting it missing.

She also said when she returned to the bike rack the next day, she found the cable lock used to secure her bike lying on the ground near the bike rack.

According to the police report, the victim then showed the officer the cable lock, which was damaged and appeared to be cut.

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A wallet and bank checking card were reported stolen on March 27.

At 9 a.m., the victim of the theft arrived at Campus Police headquarters and said his brown, leather Timberland brand wallet was lost or stolen.

He informed Campus Police that the wallet had gone missing somewhere between Wolfe Hall and Packer Hall between March 9 and March 27.

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A bicycle was stolen from a bike rack outside the Science Complex between 9 a.m. on March 23 and 11:40 a.m. on March 27.

The owner of the bicycle informed Campus Police that he had locked his bicycle outside the Science Complex on March 23.

When he returned to the bike rack on March 27, he found only his cable lock lying on the ground near where his bike had been chained.

The stolen bicycle is a large-frame mountain bike valued at $300.

Katie Brenzel can be reached at

brenzel2@tcnj.edu.