Lamar University Police searching for cell phone thief

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The Lamar University Police Department is still searching for the suspect in the theft of a cell phone forcibly taken from a student on campus on Feb. 9.

According to a report from the LUPD, the female student was walking on a concrete walkway between the Cherry Engineering building and the Maes building at approximately 7:35 p.m. when the unknown assailant ran up from behind and snatched the phone from her hand, causing minor injury to the victim’s finger. The man fled eastbound towards Rolfe Christopher Drive and was last spotted near the apartment complex located at 1095 Georgia Ave. near Cochran Street.

Police report that no threats were made and no weapons displayed during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a black male of medium build, approximately 5-foot-9, with a light beard. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, black jeans and white tennis shoes.

Lamar University Director of Public Relations Brian Sattler said the university is committed to keeping students safe.

“We are very active in policing our campus,” said Sattler.

According to him, officers patrol the “well-lit” school grounds and surrounding area by foot, in patrol vehicles and on bicycles. He said he is confident the perpetrator will be discovered and face justice for the crime. He also had some recommendations on how to keep safe on campus or when walking anywhere.

“Keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings,” Sattler cautioned.

In addition to Sattler’s advice, LU provided some other valuable tips in the crime report.

Report suspicious people to police immediately.

Look at your surroundings and call police if you feel you need a courtesy escort.

Do not leave valuables in plain sight.

Create an inventory of your belongings. Listing the items and serial numbers.

Take photos of your valuables, and keep this list and photos in a safe location, which will help police in recovering your items if stolen.

The recent attack is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the LUPD at (409) 880-8307.