WESTWOOD—On November 8, a suspect smashed the windows of the Charles E. Young Research Library on the UCLA campus and stole 55 laptops.
Security footage shows the suspect entering the library at around 2:30 a.m. He is seen entering the equipment loan room and he exits the room nearly 15 minutes later carrying with him three roller suitcases and a shoulder bag. A member of the library staff reported the crime to police at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The value of the stolen property is valued at approximately $33,000.
Police are reviewing security video footage and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet and 10 inches tall with a medium build and wearing UCLA sweatpants and blue running shoes.
Due to the investigation, the equipment loan room in the Charles E. Young Research Library is temporarily closed. In an earlier UCPD Crime Alert, the UCLA Police Department stated that there have been a string of residential burglaries in the residences of students who live near campus.
The UCPD details, “In each case, an unknown suspect entered through an unlocked sliding glass door and removed property from the victim’s residence.”
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 20-25 years old and was seen holding a cell phone.
On November 1, the UCLA Police Department noted in a press release that “a resident at 3767 Mentone Avenue heard a suspect climbing onto her 2nd floor apartment balcony. The suspect flashed a light into the apartment and then entered. The resident said, “Hello?” at which time the suspect fled from the location.”
The suspect in that case is described as a male, with a dark complexion, dark hair ponytail, between 5 feet and 8 inches tall and 5 feet and 10 inches tall, with a medium build. He was seen wearing a baseball cap, black vest, grey sweatshirt and blue jeans, and carrying a flashlight.
It is not clear whether all of the incidents are related. The UCLA Police Department would like to remind the campus community to lock all doors and windows to residences and program cell phones with the UCLA Police Department phone number (310) 825-1491.
If you have information regarding any of the incidents, please contact the UCLA PD at (310) 825-1491.