Chico State addresses theft concerns following Friday night break-in

On Feb. 14 someone broke into a dorm room and stole a laptop, eventually ditching it in a nearby creek.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 8:30 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 8:31 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Some Chico State students say a recent dorm break-in has them concerned for their safety.

The University Police Department says, unfortunately, they deal with theft on a regular basis but they have new tools they are using to help catch the suspects.

On Feb. 14 someone broke into a dorm room and stole a laptop, eventually ditching it in a nearby creek.

Chico State Police quickly caught the suspect and say he is not a student.

"It makes me anxious and uncomfortable to think of someone in someone else's dorm without their permission," said student Alyssa Telles.

"We have patrols we do, foot patrols and in vehicles, we have video surveillance and staff working at dorms, so we have systems in place to keep this type of thing from happening," said Commander Chris Nicodemus.

University Police say they are still trying to figure out how the man got into the dorm.

They also have a new anonymous tip reporting tool where you can text University Police and report a crime with all tips received by authorized personnel in real-time.

Commander Nicodemus adds they were able to quickly catch the suspect because of the tips they received.

Police say the man they arrested for stealing the laptop is in the Butte County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

If you would like to send an anonymous tip, you can text Chico State at 847-411, or download the Chico State app and click 'Report Crime'.

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