Burglars strike University residence halls, apartments

Sarah McKenzie

University Police arrested a Territorial Hall resident Feb. 17 for burglarizing another resident’s room.
Erik Fleming, a College of Liberal Arts freshman, reported the burglary to his community adviser at the residence hall after the Feb. 15 incident. Police were notified after hall management filed a report.
Police arrested a 19-year-old woman in connection with the burglary. A CLA freshman, the woman has not yet been formally charged with the crime.
University Police Sgt. Jo Anne Benson said the burglary is still under investigation.
According to police reports, the woman entered Fleming’s unlocked room while he was still in bed around 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 15.
Fleming said he saw the woman rummaging through his wallet but by the time he jumped off his lofted bed, the woman had fled the room. He said he looked for her down the hall, but could not find her.
When Fleming looked in his wallet after the woman had left he said he noticed that $10 was missing.
The police report included information concerning a similar burglary from the beginning of the school year. According to the report, the same woman entered the room of Scott Gueltzow, a freshman in the School of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. He said he informed police of the incident because it was so similar to Fleming’s report.
Gueltzow said the woman entered his unlocked room around 11 a.m. while he was still in bed. He said he did not suspect anything until he got out of bed, when he discovered $100 in cash missing from his room.
When he asked the woman why she had come into his room unannounced that morning, Gueltzow said the woman told him that she needed to ask him a question.
Ralph Rickgarn, executive assistant for Housing and Residential Life, said the woman is still living at the residence hall. A hearing to decide whether or not the woman’s housing contract should be suspended is pending, he said.
“We usually step back and wait for the court system to run its course before we make a decision,” Rickgarn said.
The woman declined to comment on the incident Tuesday. She said she has been advised by her lawyer not to discuss the matter.
The woman does not have a criminal record in Hennepin County.

In other police news:
ù A burglar took off with $800 worth of video games and a Sony PlayStation from a Dinkytown apartment on the morning of Feb. 16, according to Minneapolis police reports.
The burglary comes on the heels of a number of other capers involving stolen video games in the area.
Michael Belot, a sophomore in the College of Education and Human Development, reported the incident to police that evening.
The burglar walked into the apartment through an unlocked front door, according to police reports.
Michael Kain, a CLA junior, lives at the apartment with Belot. He said he had several CDs stolen during the burglary as well.

ù A 65-year-old woman was assaulted by an unidentified assailant Sunday near the 200 block of Melbourne Avenue Southeast, according to Minneapolis police reports.
Ann Munt received minor injuries during the attack, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Steve Wagner.
According to the police report, Munt received medical attention for her injuries.
Wagner said Munt’s case will probably be referred to the city attorney.
Munt could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

ù Minneapolis police arrested a 26-year-old woman in southeast Minneapolis Feb. 17 for stabbing her ex-boyfriend.
Minneapolis police Sgt. Erika Christensen said the woman will not be formally charged because the act was made in self defense.
The victim, a 28-year-old man from Brooklyn Park, was treated and released from Hennepin County Medical Center Feb. 17, according to police reports.