(Originally posted on The Sojourn’s website on November 11, 2016)
Campus Police and the Grant County Sheriff Department have arrested a suspect connected to the break-in at Scripture Hall on Nov. 6.
According to Officer Scott Haley, Campus Police received a call at approximately 5 a.m. of a man walking in the residence hall. The man reportedly walked into several unlocked rooms and stole items such as an iPad, cell phone and $40 cash.
Yesterday evening, Nov. 10, they were able to arrest the suspect. According to an e-mail from Andrew Parker, dean for developmental learning, the suspect was able to get into the residence hall through an open window on the first floor of the building.
The e-mail, that was sent to the IWU community, also said that Campus Police are now going to increase police personnel on duty during the night shift. Facilities Services are also taking extra safety measures such as ensuring all first floor screens are shut into place and installing blocks in all of the first floor windows for every residence hall.
According to the e-mail, windows in the lodges and townhouses operate differently, so they are looking at different options for those living areas.
Parker also encourages students who are experiencing distress, anxiety and trauma from this incident to seek counseling at the Center for Student Success, located in suite 220 in the Barnes Student Center.