Oklahoma United Methodist Hall residents continue to deal with thefts in the laundry room.
Resident assistants said the first case of laundry theft occurred during the first week of classes. Since then, students have experienced at least two more thefts.
“I had a few towels and a flannel stolen,” said Maryann Davilla, history junior. “I went to pick up my laundry 15 minutes before it was supposed to be dry. My clothes were taken out of the dryer, still damp.”
Stolen items include towels, a comforter and assorted articles of clothing.
“The theft is freaking annoying,” said Keziah Williamson, acting sophomore. “I don’t want to have to sit there and wait for my laundry.”
After a few residents filed police reports for their stolen items, Methodist Hall staff members installed a security camera to deter people from stealing and to have video proof of future thievery. They posted signs on the laundry room door reminding residents that their actions would be recorded. Another sign was posted to discourage residents from leaving laundry unattended, saying OCU is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Cokesbury Court Apart- ments officials also installed cameras in the laundry room last year to deter thefts. Some students are more hurt than annoyed by the theft.
“I’m not concerned about my things being stolen, but it does break my heart,”
said Brandon Doyle, acting sophomore. “OCU is such a small campus, and I thought we were such a tight family. If I see someone wearing my clothes, I’ll call them out.”
No other campus hous- ing facilities seem to have an issue with stolen laundry.
“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Kevin Culbertson, head resident of Banning Hall. “When I was in Draper, a few residents took the wrong laundry loads, but it was always an accident. They always returned the clothes.”
Students with informa- tion about the missing laundry can call campus police at 208-5001.