'THAT GUY LOOKED LIKE HE WAS ROBBING THE PLACE'
... Student Dressed As a Policewoman Confronts Thief Raiding University Halls ...
Alex Mace and Dan Russell (Deputy Digital Editor) wrote in the Nottingahm Post, Friday 15 March 2019 ...
A thief was caught red-handed by a university student dressed as a police officer - but still managed to get away with cameras, a laptop and a vintage watch.
The suspect was found in a flat in Gill Street South after gaining entry to the student accommodation through a door propped open to allow people in and out of a cocktail society meeting.
Dressed as a policewoman, Felicity Henebury had gone to the flat to find the society had left for a bar crawl and found the suspect in the kitchen.
The psychology student said: "He definitely didn’t look like a student, he looked late 20s maybe early 30s, I could see he was putting stuff in his backpack and I think I saw him put a laptop in there.
“The theme of the Ocean club night was ‘when I grow up’ and I happened to be a police officer, so it’s hilariously ironic that this policewoman was just chatting to a thief.
“It’s even worse that, as we were leaving, my friend said ‘that guy looked like he was robbing the place’ and we all laughed."
Little did the 19-year-old know the person was filling his bag with electronics as well as a watch and some sunglasses.
The Nottingham student, from Coventry, said: "I’d had quite a few drinks by then and just thought he was a maintenance guy, I didn’t expect someone to be stealing from the flat.
“I asked him where everyone was and he said: ‘They’ve already gone, you should catch up.’
“But I replied: ‘Hang on what are you doing here, you don’t live in this flat’ and he just said 'I’m about to leave.’
“I was like ‘alright’ because my priority was not being left behind, as me and my friends didn’t want to be left on our own.”
The victim of the burglary was Tom White who had been in a friend’s room as the crime took place.
The Real Estate student from Edinburgh said he did not think to lock his room at the time and it was not until he went to get ready to go out that he found items missing.
The 19-year-old said: "I went to get my jacket and saw bags all over the floor, I thought someone may have just come to use the loo but then I noticed my two cameras were missing along with my laptop in my drawer and thought ‘oh something has happened.’"
The cameras taken were a professional DSLR worth around £550 and a vintage film camera that was given to Tom as a gift.
He added: “I thought it was just a joke at first, you wouldn’t think anyone would really do it.
“I’ve been trying to find the silver lining but the fact that the sentimental stuff like the vintage camera and dress watch are gone – that’s a real shame.
"I have skis, a piano on my desk, an iPad Air 2 and Bose headphones that were on top of my laptop meaning he would have had to lift the headphones off the get to the laptop.
“It’s the weirdest collection of things to take and leave.”
A Nottingham Trent University spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident at Gill Street South.
“A student received advice from UPP (a support service) following a report of theft and NTU Security has supported the police with their investigations.”
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “Officers received a report of a burglary during a party at a student flat in Hampden Street in the city centre between 6.30pm and 8pm on February 20, 2019.
“A laptop and two cameras were among the items taken.
“Officers have followed up a number of lines of enquiry. No arrests have been made.
“Anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting incident number 823 of 20 February 2019, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”