Last March 11, the Security and Safety Office (SSO) contacted student Kristjan Bayle (II, AB-OCM) to inform him that the thief, who was caught in the act via a CCTV recording, had been caught.
The theft incidence happened last March 6 at the Miguel Building. Bayle left his bag, which contained his laptop in his classroom for five minutes. Bayle recalls that when he got back, the chairs were disorganized and his laptop, which he kept inside his bag, was stolen.. After filing the necessary incident report, Bayle, asked the SSO to check the CCTV camera recordings on the second floor of the hallway.
In the footage, Bayle was seen exiting the classroom. Seconds after, a man in civilian attire was seen checking his surroundings and walking back and forth before entering and leaving the classroom twice. It was on his second exit from the classroom that the footage revealed that the man had already taken Bayle’s laptop. The man rushed to the floor’s secluded exit. To look inconspicuous, he shoved the laptop in his bag.
The SSO confirmed that the man is not an employee of the University. On the day the thief was caught, security guards saw him climbing a wall to exit the University through the Rizal Stadium. They then brought him to the office for interrogation.
Immediately after the interrogation last March 11, the man confessed to the crime, saying that Bayle’s Macbook could no longer be recovered as he had already sold it for Php 7,000. Moreover, he revealed that although he was the only one caught climbing the wall to get into DLSU, he is not alone. Many others like him have found a way inside the University, and have had their fair share of pilfering valuables from students.
The man is currently behind bars. Bayle hopes other students would learn from the incident.
Following Bayle’s case, the University recorded several incidents of theft, but no definite suspects have been identified.
The University’s security arm is under assessment.