Thursday, March 17, 2011

Homeless Man Caught During UC Burglary

Teenage Burglar Arrested At U.C. While Fleeing Dorm
Re-printed from a story at WCPO Channel 9 on March 17th 2011

An 18-year-old UC freshman managed to chase off a desperate burglar from her 11th floor dorm room. CINCINNATI - A University of Cincinnati freshman woke-up in the middle of the night to find a homeless teenager standing over her in her own dorm room on Wednesday March 16th 2011. Rebecca Shelton lives on the 11th floor of Daniels Hall and says shortly after midnight Monday night, she woke-up to find a total stranger, 18-year-old Corey Moss, in her room. "I just woke up and there was a guy standing about 3 feet away from me." Shelton said. Shelton says Moss took her laptop and ran, so she chased after him. She says he saw him walking down the sidewalk outside the dorm, then she called the police. "We called [police] at like 12:13 AM and they ended up arresting him at 12:20 AM." Shelton said. Shelton managed to get her laptop back, but says her roommate's laptop was stolen just a few days before the break-in. Her roommate's laptop is still missing. Corey MossJerrica White lives on the floor above Shelton and also had her laptop stolen. "I actually went to the bathroom for like three minutes, and my roommate was in my room sleeping, so I thought it would be OK to leave my door open," White said. A mistake fellow dorm mate David Harding says is easy to make. "It's easy to let someone that's just sitting out here in because you're trying to be friendly," Harding says. Shelton agrees and says a lot of students get comfortable with each other and let their guard down. "There's a general belief I think in people that other people are good," Shelton said. All of the students say they've been told numerous times to always lock their doors and never let strangers into the building, but now they now just how important those safety tips are. "Be aware of who's behind you," White said. "If there's people just sitting by the door, make sure that they live here," Harding said. "You cannot go overboard with safety," Shelton said. Moss, who has only two misdemeanors on his record for Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct from 2010 and early 2011, now faces felony Burglary with a bond set at $100,000 straight. References: WCPO Channel 9, Homeless burglar arrested at U.C. while fleeing dorm Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Criminal Mischief /10/CRB/40222 Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Disorderly Conduct /11/CRB/2046