Over $7,000 worth of items goes missing from Wassaja Hall dorm

By Jose Zepeda

A University student reported his belongings stolen from his previous dorm room in Wassaja Hall on June 12.

According to a police report released by the University of Illinois Police Department on Friday, June 19, the student had left his belonging in his room when he had departed for spring break. He did not return to the dorm at the end of spring break to resume the semester on campus.

When the student eventually returned to campus on May 9, he found the items he had left behind were missing. University Housing employees had boxed up his belongings, however they were no longer in possession of the boxes. The estimated value of the stolen goods was $7,354.

Lieutenant Joseph McCullough, detective bureau commander at the University of Illinois Police Department, said that currently, the student is working with University Housing to determine if the items really were stolen or simply misplaced.

University Housing had previously been working with Storage Squad, to temporary store items belonging to students as they waited for the students to return to campus to pick up the items they left behind.

Storage Squad was unable to be reached for comment. Chelsea Hamilton, senior assistant director communications and marketing for University Housing, declined to comment, saying they do not comment on pending cases.

Photo courtesy of John Paul.

Jose Zepeda

Jose Zepeda is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He is now on his third year with Good Morning Illini, previously serving as director, reporter and crew member. He is also currently a digital intern for WILL, the NPR- and PBS- affiliate in Urbana and vice-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists University of Illinois chapter. He also has his own podcast with fellow GMI-er Angelle Cortes called Just Chillin’. He brings previous experience as a features intern at The News-Gazette and as a daytime news editor at The Daily Illini. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @JoseZepedaTV.