Burglar Targeting Sororities and Frats In Laptop Thefts

Seattle police have been called to four different sorority and fraternity houses in the University District over the last week after a burglar (or burglars) slipped through unlocked doors and windows and stole laptops from students.

In all four cases—which were reported between November 1st and 5th—the thief or thieves crept into the homes between midnight and 8 am while residents were sleeping, and took laptops from common areas and study rooms.

So far, the suspect or suspects have stolen at least 15 laptops from four different houses.

Ten of those laptops were stolen from a single study room at a sorority house in the 4700 block of 19th NE, while five Macbooks were taken from a sorority house in the 4500 block of 18th NE.

A thief also took laptops from a sorority in the 4500 block of 17th NE and a fraternity house in the 2100 block of NE 47th Street.

The frat house burglary reportedly happened during a Halloween party, and North Precinct burglary detectives are now investigating whether other houses may have been scoped out by burglars during recent Halloween festivities.

As a general reminder, please make sure all your doors and windows are locked at night,and call police if you see anyone snooping around outside your home. You can find more burglary prevention tips online here.