Teens Attempt Break-ins at Syracuse University Apartments; Fire Shots

The male teens also threw rocks at the buildings after Syracuse student residents confronted and apprehended one of the suspects.

Teens Attempt Break-ins at Syracuse University Apartments; Fire Shots

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Syracuse, New York – Eight teens attempted to break into apartments on Syracuse University’s South Campus early Sunday morning when they were confronted by residents.

According to Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety:

“On Sunday, September 19, 2021, at approximately 12:57 a.m., Syracuse University students living at University Village Apartments on South Campus observed a group, described as eight young male teenagers with no affiliation to the University, trying to break into apartments. The students confronted the group and apprehended one of the suspects, while the rest of the group took off. The students called Syracuse Police, who in turn alerted the Department of Public Safety.

“While waiting for police to arrive, the students reported that the group returned to the property and threw rocks at the building and windows. The students attempted to apprehend the other suspects, but they fled the scene heading north away from campus through the backyards in the 1500 block of Westmoreland Avenue. One of the suspects reportedly fired a shot into the air while standing near the sidewalk in the 2000 block of East Colvin Street which is just north of the University Village Apartments.

“When law enforcement arrived on the scene, the detained teenager was taken into police custody. A magazine for a handgun was located during a ground search of the area adjacent to South Campus. No injuries were reported, and no further description of the suspects is available.”

Syracuse University DPS is asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. Additionally, they reminded the campus community about the appropriate safety strategies they should adopt. The announcement also informed the campus community that resources are available for anyone affected by the incident.

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Robin Hattersley Gray
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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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