Breaking: Suspicious activity on Pennington, Campus Police advise caution

Two recently reported instances of suspicious activity at residences on Pennington Road resulted in Campus Police Services sending out a campus-wide alert on Thursday, Jan. 19, encouraging members of the College community to be aware of their surroundings.

An email from College Relations arrived in inboxes at approximately 2:50 p.m. and was shortly followed by an “emergency alert” text message at 2:55 p.m.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 18, according to Stacy Schuster, executive director of college relations.

As explained in the email alert, an unknown male entered a Trenton State College Corporation residence, and when encountered by someone who lived there, he asked about the need for lawn-care services. After being asked if he was affiliated with TSCC, the man left.

According to the College’s website, TSCC “offers rental housing to eligible full-time faculty and staff members of The College of New Jersey. Both single-family homes and apartments are available within the housing program.”

Property was reported missing at a residence, also belonging to TSCC, where the side-door had been unlocked, the email said. Schuster confirmed in an email that the property was reported missing on Jan. 19.

“It was the combination of a suspicious entry and the later report of missing property that made us want to alert the community,” Schuster said.

Police are unsure whether the two incidents are related, but concluded the email alert by reminding everyone to lock the doors and windows of vehicles and homes.

Anyone who has further information or becomes aware of any suspicious activity should immediately contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.