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Have You Seen This Purse-Stealing Suspect? UC Police Want to Know

University of California at Berkeley police released a photo of suspected purse thief and ask for public help in locating the person. The purse was stolen from a campus employee's office on Jan. 6 in the Haas Pavilion.

UC Berkeley police released this photo of a purse-theft suspect shown in the Haas Pavilion on Jan. 6, 2014.
UC Berkeley police released this photo of a purse-theft suspect shown in the Haas Pavilion on Jan. 6, 2014.
UC Berkeley police are asking the public's help in locating a suspected purse thief captured on video in a campus building.

Police this week released a photo frame from the footage showing the suspect with the stolen purse under the suspect's left arm. (The image is attached to this article.)

The theft of a UC Berkeley employee's purse from her office in the Haas Pavilion happened on Jan. 6 between 3:27-3:40 p.m., police said in a crime alert.

"If you see this person, or any other person who appears to be trespassing with the purpose of committing theft or other crimes on University property, please notify UCPD without delay," campus police said.

Anyone seeking more information is asked to UC Police Detective Harry Bennigson at (510) 642-4909 or hbennigson@berkeley.edu, or to call the main, 24-hour campus police number, (510) 642-6760.

Police also listed the following safety tips for members of the campus community:

  • Put away your valuables. Don’t leave them visible.
  • Shut and lock your door. Don’t prop it open.
  • Shut and lock your window.  Don’t leave it open.
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