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Thief in student halls caught in the act by Ocean-goer policewoman

A burglar was found putting a laptop into a bag by a student dressed as a policewoman for a night out.

The suspect was seen on February 20 in a flat within Gill Street South in the evening and is said to have taken a laptop, two professional cameras, a vintage dress watch and some sunglasses all belonging to the same resident.

It is thought that the burglar was able to enter the flat as the door had been propped open to allow people in and out of a cocktail society meeting.

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 20’s maybe early 30’s, I could see he was putting stuff in his backpack and I think I saw him put a laptop in there.” 

Felicity said: “The theme of the ocean 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.”

The 19-year-old from Coventry added: “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 gotta 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.”

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Tom White thought it was all a joke at first

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 claimed he didn’t think to lock his room at the time and it wasn’t until he went to get ready to go out that he found items missing:

“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 sh*t something’s happened.’”

The cameras taken were a professional DSLR worth around £550 and a vintage film camera that was given to Tom as a gift.

The 19-year-old continued: “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.”

Tom was also left confused by the items that were stolen, as he said: “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 following a report of theft and NTU Security has supported the police with their investigations.”

By Alex Mace

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