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Harvard Police Arrest Suspect in String of Yard Burglaries

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The Harvard University Police Department has identified a suspect who will be charged with three burglaries in a string of five that struck Harvard Yard in less than two weeks.

According to an advisory email from HUPD spokesperson Steven G. Catalano, a HUPD officer spotted an individual “acting suspiciously” near the undergraduate dorms in Harvard Yard early Thursday morning. Immediately prior, another trespassing incident had taken place at Canaday Hall — the fifth in just thirteen days and the second to strike Canaday.

The officer arrested the suspect at the scene. No items were stolen during Thursday’s break-in.

The suspect, who was not named by police, will be charged with the three most recent burglaries — both of the incidents targeting Canaday Hall and an additional incident which took place at Matthews Hall on March 2.

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Catalano wrote in an email to The Crimson that the individual is also a suspect in the earliest two burglaries, which occurred in Mower Hall and Wigglesworth Hall and are under “open and active” investigation.

Erica S. Choe ’25, a freshman in Wigglesworth, said she is relieved that a suspect has been apprehended but added she was “surprised” the burglar was able to carry out so many break-ins before being caught.

“I hope it's just one person who’s behind it,” Choe said.

—Staff writer Sarah Girma can be reached at sarah.girma@thecrimson.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SarahGirma_.

—Staff writer Brandon L. Kingdollar can be reached at brandon.kingdollar@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter at @newskingdollar.

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