Crime Alert - Theft from a Person

Date Occurred: 
September 12, 2015
Crime Alert Number: 

UMass Amherst Crime Alert: Theft from a Person


    On Saturday, September 12, 2015 at approximately 7:50pm a female student reported to the University Police that she was in the area of Washington Hall when she was approached by three males, one asking if they could use her cell phone. After providing her phone, one male ran from the area with the phone still in his possession. The other two other males then also left the area, all three running up Fearing Street toward Sunset Avenue. An immediate area check by UMPD resulted in no further identification of the males.

    The victim provided the police with the following description of the suspect who had stolen the phone: a light-skinned black male, not yet college age, 5'5" tall with an average body type, dark hair of average length and cut, clean shaven, wearing grayish Nike sneakers with an orange swoosh. A second female on Fearing Street observed the males and described them as approximately 16 years of age.

    The investigation is continuing, anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact UMPD at (413) 545-2121: anonymous information can be left at (413) 577-TIPS or online at:

    Personal Safety Tips can be found on the University Police website at:

CA:  3-15-21169

Posted: Sep 13, 2015, 6:27 pm
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2015, 6:29 pm


585 East Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9600
413-545-2121 non-emergency
413-545-3111 emergency or 911
413-545-3113 fax


Call 413-577-TIPS (8477) or use our Anonymous Witness Form.