3 men on video seen during thefts at student housing
Laptops, phones, video games taken from unlocked rooms in August
Electronics including laptops, cellphones and video games were swiped in thefts at five student housing buildings in Waterloo last month and police are hoping to speak with three men seen on surveillance cameras.
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The buildings themselves have controlled entry, but all of the units were left unlocked, police said.
"We believe someone did get in, and carried on throughout the building trying different doors to see which ones were open," Cherri Greeno, media relations co-ordinator with the Waterloo Regional Police told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo on Aug. 21.
On Wednesday, police released images and a video taken from cameras inside the buildings.
They offered a number of precautionary measures students can take, such as using a lighting timer to make the residence look occupied when they aren't there, and keeping a record of the make, model and serial numbers of valuables and electronics to help police track them if stolen.
As well, police remind students not to let anyone into a secure building if they don't know the person.
- An earlier version of this story called the thefts a robbery spree. Under the Canadian Criminal Code, a robbery includes some kind of violence, threat or use of force. That was not the case in these thefts.Sep 07, 2017 10:15 AM ET