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March 31, 2014

Purdue police urge campus community to secure personal belongings

Purdue University police are reminding campus workers to secure personal belongings in locked drawers or cabinets after a reported attempted theft Thursday afternoon (March 27) from the Hansen Life Sciences Research Building.

Police say a white male described as in his mid-50s, about 6 feet tall and weighing around 200 pounds, with gray hair, reportedly walked into an unattended fourth-floor office room and was caught going through a woman's purse.

In addition to locking up personal belongings or keeping them in a secure place when possible, police also urge the campus community to promptly report any suspicious incidents. If a suspect is seen, do not confront the person but make mental notes for an accurate description.