UCPD Investigates Most Recent 'Hot Prowl' Burglary at University Village

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Residents of an apartment building in University Village in Albany woke up to scurrying footsteps and rattling blinds early Monday morning as a burglar allegedly took off with $1,910 of their property.

The residents, a male UC Berkeley student and his wife, reportedly left the sliding door to their apartment, located in Building 123 of the complex, unlocked. UCPD received a call at about 3:33 a.m. from the pair who said they heard someone running through their kitchen, according to a department crime alert detailing the incident.

The residents reported a missing laptop and two cameras, as well as other personal property, according to the alert.

"This case is particularly concerning to us because the residents were inside at the same time that the suspect was," said UCPD Lt. Alex Yao. "We are investigating this case very seriously."

Neither of the victims were harmed in the incident.

There were six incidents of "hot prowl" burglaries - a term used to describe burglaries in which the victims are present - in University Village between September and December of last year, according to UCPD logs.

"We are looking into the possibility that those might be related," Yao said.

University Village, a housing complex designed for students living with families, has no on-site security monitors, according to Martin Takimoto, the university's director of marketing communications for Residential and Student Service Programs.

"Every time this happens we remind residents to keep their doors locked," he said. "Hot prowls occur because (burglars) take advantage of ... unlocked doors."

Contact Damian Ortellado at [email protected]

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