Fairfield Police Department answered the call of a reported theft at a house on Lantern Point early Saturday morning, officials said.

Police responded to the house on Lantern Point between the hours of 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, and 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, and noted the incident had occurred after the residents hosted a party with numerous guests in attendance.

Two wallets – belonging to two separate residents of the home – valued at $1,100, along with $80 in cash, two licenses and multiple credit cards, were stolen from the residents’ unlocked rooms, Fairfield Police spokesperson Sgt. Sue Lussier stated.

“There are no suspects at this time, no witnesses or additional information,” stated Lussier.

Students initially began referring to the incident as a burglary, implying an individual unlawfully entered the residence with the intent to commit a crime.

However, officials explained they believe it to have been a theft because of the events that occurred earlier in the evening.

“We believe under this circumstance the suspect was granted entry by the resident and there is no way to know they entered with the sole purpose to commit the larceny,” Lussier stated.

Many residents and guests who socialized at Lantern Point in the days after the reported theft expressed their frustrations with the crime at hand.

“Living at the Point, we have security guards but they don’t do much, even though we pay them to be there,” said Andrew Kringas ’14.  “For the first week or so, our back door keys wouldn’t lock the door, so it was kind of sketchy leaving the house at night. But we were finally able to lock the back door and feel pretty safe now.”

Fairfield Police explained that having a party and allowing people into your home comes with inherit risks.

“[Residents] should restrict access to only those known to them and if others are in attendance they should lock up their valuables to reduce thefts,” stated Lussier.

Senior Maggie DeMoura, a Lantern Point resident, believes one of the building blocks of living in a community like this is trust.

“While it’s important to lock our doors and be cautions, I want to live in a community where I don’t have to second guess the trust I place into my neighbors and those around me,” stated DeMoura.

Fairfield Police said they want to assure students their safety off campus and urge them to report all crimes to police as soon as possible.  Any anonymous crime tip line can be found at their website, http://www.fpdct.com.

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