Timely Warning: Campus police are responding to a larceny, breaking and entering at Grimes Residence Hall

The UNC Department of Public Safety is investigating a report received today (Wed., Jan. 15) of break-ins at two rooms in Grimes Residence Hall on the UNC Campus.

At around 1:15 p.m., a male suspect reportedly entered two separate rooms in Grimes Residence Hall, taking two wallets.  The suspect was described as a black male, around 25-30 years of age, between 5’10” and 6 feet in height, and weighing between 160 and 170 pounds.  He was wearing a black, down-fill styled coat, black pants, and a plain, black baseball cap.

Continue to monitor Alert Carolina website (alertcarolina.unc.edu) for any updates in the investigation into these incidents.  UNC Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the UNC Police Department at 919-962-8100 or contact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro-UNC Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls are confidential and anonymous.  You can also submit information to Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.

Students should take extra precautions: make sure to keep room doors locked at all times, don’t allow strangers to “piggy-back” through entrances to residence halls or any campus buildings, and call 911 immediately to report any and all suspicious activity on or near campus.

1/15/2014 3:28 p.m.

The University is currently operating under an alert condition. Campus police are responding to or investigating a larceny, breaking and entering at Grimes Residence Hall between 1:15pm and 1:30pm. This does NOT pose an immediate threat to health or safety. However, the situation may pose a continuing danger to the campus community, and this notification is intended to enable people to protect themselves and/or their property.

The Alert Carolina website will be updated as soon as more information is available. It could take hours for police to resolve a situation depending upon the circumstances. Meantime, if you are directed by police or University personnel to take specific action (evacuate a building, stay out of a certain part of campus, go to your residence hall and stay there), please comply immediately.

If you see suspicious activity, call 911. But do not call 911 or the Department of Public Safety merely to ask for information about the current incident. Police phone lines need to be kept open for emergency communications. Anyone with information about this incident should call the Department of Public Safety 919-962-8100.

Students and employees can let their families know they are okay in the event of an emergency while keeping cell phone lines open for emergency calls by using the American Red Cross Safe and Well list. The Safe and Well list is especially helpful in communicating with family members who are outside the emergency area: www.redcross.org/safeandwell.

Students who are in need of medical attention should go to Campus Health Services campushealth.unc.edu) or the UNC Hospitals Emergency Room. Faculty and staff in need of medical attention should go to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Room.

A range of support services for students is available through the Office of the Dean of Students, deanofstudents.unc.edu.

Counseling Services for students are available at UNC Counseling and Psychological Services, campushealth.unc.edu/caps. For a concern about a coworker, call Employee and Management Relations in Human Resources (hr.unc.edu/employee-management-relations/) or 919-843-3444, or the University’s Employee Assistance Program (services provided by Deer Oaks 24 hours a day), 877-327-7658.

Questions about sexual assault can be directed to Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Student Complaint Coordinator, Ew Quimbaya-Winship, 919-843-3878.

For community services, call UNC Department of Public Safety Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. Megan Howard, at 919-966-3230.