Advisory - Larceny

Date Occurred: 
October 11, 2018

On October 11, 2018 a UMass student reported being approached by two females while on one of the upper floors of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. The females may have been requesting donations for a fundraiser called, “Child’s Joy”; it is unknown at this time if that is a legitimate charity or other concern. One of the females suspects put their arm around the student to distract the victim while the other took the student’s debit card from her wallet and quickly swiped it through a device in an apparent attempt to copy it. These actions were done without the student’s consent. The female suspects were described as approximately 25-30 years of age with black hair, possibly of Filipino descent. UMPD is also following up on a similar report that occurred in the lobby of the Integrated Learning Center on the same day and these suspects may have engaged in similar behavior in the Du Bois Library, and elsewhere on campus, in the past. Anyone with information regarding this incident or related incidents, or who may have information regarding the identities of the suspects is encouraged to contact Ofc. Alison Fenton of UMPD at (413) 545-2121 or online at

Call # 18-20768

Posted: Oct 16, 2018, 3:51 pm
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018, 4:06 pm


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