After three armed robberies, one attempted armed robbery and two bodies surfacing near campus in the Charles River, Boston University students say they're sick of being sitting targets for criminals, according to The Daily Free Press.
University spokesperson Colin Riley told Bostoninno.com that he can't recall hearing of four back-to-back armed robberies in his 20 years at the university, so administrators are focused on increasing patrols in the area and acquiring information to break the string. The university issued a $10,000 reward for information regarding the arrests.
BU President Robert Brown said the robberies were "disturbing" in a statement.
Meanwhile, students have taken to a university subreddit thread and suggested police relax a bit on the alcohol citations front until they arrest those responsible for the robberies.
"This is getting out of hand. BU and Brookline police have failed to protect their residents and students. Does it take a student getting shot for anything to be done? Thoughts?" Reddit user redsweatshirt wrote.
The Associated Press reports that at least two of the robberies are considered connected. Suspects are described as young, black males in their teens or early 20s, according to NECN. They are believed to be armed and dangerous. In each, cash, credit cards, phones, laptops, keys and wallets were stolen after the robbers cornered the victims, according to CBS Boston. Two occurred in broad daylight.
See what people have said on Twitter below.
Some sketchy stuff going on at Boston University these past couple of weeks... 3 armed robberies and 2 bodies in the Charles. #IMissWheeling
— Gabriella Archbold∞ (@yoGabbigabba_) October 9, 2012
@steveannear I'm on edge. There are teens w/ a gun stealing in broad daylight on busy streets. I can't avoid Comm Ave & I need my laptop.
— Stephanie Beadell (@stephbeadell) October 10, 2012
Clarification: This article was changed to reflect that two bodies were discovered in the Charles River and not three. Massachusetts State Police mistakenly sent the alert to a third body this morning.