Police Investigating Burglaries at UW Frat Houses

Police are investigating an uptick in the number of people entering the University of Washington Greek system…through unlocked doors and open windows.

Since the start of the school year, police have received a number of burglary reports around UW’s Greek Row, almost exclusively at fraternity houses:

August 24th – 2100 block of NE 47th Street – suspect stole a laptop and iPhone.

August 27th – 4500 block of 18th Ave NE – suspect stole a video game console and phone charger.

September 3rd – 4500 block of 19th Ave NE – suspect stole laptops, bank cards and video games.

September 28th – 2100 block of NE 47th Street – suspect climbed a fire escape and entered an open window at a fraternity, where they stole a laptop and watch.

October 11th – 4600 block of 22nd Ave NE – suspect entered the home, possibly through an unlocked door, and stole two laptop computers.

October 16th – 4700 of 17th Ave NE – four suspects entered a basement window and stole a video game console, a macbook, iPhone, jacket and school textbooks.

October 24th – 5200 block of 19th Ave NE – a suspect stole a laptop, xbox, wallet and phone.

October 25th – 4500 block of 19th Ave NE –a resident found a man hiding in a closet. The suspect ran from the home.

Police have met with Greek System representatives to discuss ways to improve security at the houses, like locking doors and windows and installing security cameras.

Detectives don’t yet know whether the cases are related, and are asking anyone with information to contact police at 206-684-5735.