October 13, 2015

Consecutive Trespasses Reported Thursday

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Editor’s note appended

Cornell Police issued two consecutive crime alerts on Thursday regarding two incidents of criminal trespass — one in the Young Israel House at 106 West Ave. and another on the 700 block of Stewart Avenue.

Two female victims living on West Avenue reported that an unknown male entered their room at approximately 5:15 a.m. Thursday. The male allegedly stood at the foot of their beds until they woke up and when confronted, said “sorry,” and left the room, according to CUPD.

The students described the trespasser as a “white male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with shorter light colored hair and a clean shaven face.” He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with “CORNELL” written across the front.

In a separate incident, another Cornell student woke up at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to find an unknown male in her room. The trespasser also said “sorry” and abruptly left the room, according to CUPD.

The victim described the trespasser as a “white male, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, with a medium build, darker colored hair and a clean shaven face.”

In both incidents, no property was missing from the room and nothing appeared out of place, according to CUPD.

Editor’s note: A version of this story posted to social media inappropriately juxtaposed the headline of the story “Consecutive Trespasses Reported Thursday” with the picture provided by the Ithaca Police Department, which is seeking information “regarding suspicious activity in the Collegetown area.” While the story outlines the crime alerts and then goes into detail that the IPD is seeking information on this picture, these two together on Facebook without the context of the full news story provided a misleading image of events. The social media post has since been removed, and The Sun regrets this error.