UW frats, sororities continue to be victimized by burglars

SEATTLE -- Since the beginning of the month, at least 20 laptops have been stolen from sororities and fraternities north of the University of Washington campus. And, the rash of crimes shows no signs of stopping.

According to the University of Washington Police Department, a sorority in the 4500 block of 17th Avenue Northeast was burglarized sometime between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday. Despite the house seeming secure, six laptops were stolen from various rooms.

On Monday morning, a resident at a fraternity in the 4600 block of 22nd Avenue Northeast was coming down the stairs when he ran into an unknown man in the house, according to police.

The resident chased the startled intruder out of the house, and the man escaped on a bicycle.

According to police, the resident then saw a woman coming out of an alcove on the side of the house with a case of Red Bull in her arms. When she saw the resident, the woman dropped the energy drinks and rode off on a bicycle.

The University of Washington Police Department and Seattle Police Department were unable to find either of the suspected burglars.

The male suspect was described as a white man in his mid-20s, approximately 6 feet tall and 170 pounds. He had messy short black hair and scruffy facial hair. The female suspect was described as a white woman in her mid-20s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and 103 pounds. She had dirty blond hair with colored streaks in it.

According to police, at least half a dozen fraternities and sororities have been broken into since Oct. 31. A number of those houses had doors or windows left unlocked, and police are reminding residents to keep their houses secure.