2 arrested following series of burglaries at MIT fraternity houses
Two people have been arrested following six burglaries at five Massachusetts Institute of Technology fraternities in the Kenmore and Back Bay areas over the past week, officials said Friday.
According to notices from MIT Police, the fraternities Nu Delta, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi, Phi Kappa Theta, and Delta Tau Delta were all robbed recently. Burglars stole a gaming console, bicycles, and a backpack, among other items.
MIT spokeswoman Kimberly Allen said the suspects were scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court Friday and were charged “in connection with some of the reported incidents.” MIT Police did not release any information about the suspects’ identities.
All of the fraternities are stationed in brownstones along Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, near Kenmore Square and the easternmost part of Boston University’s campus.
A resident living in the Nu Delta fraternity building at 460 Beacon St. reported last Friday that someone stole his PlayStation gaming console and controllers, according to MIT. It’s unknown how the burglar entered the frat house.
“The contents of his backpack were dumped out on his bed and the backpack had been taken as well,” MIT Police said on its website.
Early the next morning, after 3 a.m., surveillance footage showed a male intruder walking through and exiting the Phi Kappa Theta house at 229 Commonwealth Ave. Nothing was reported stolen.
Between Sunday and Monday, two bicycles were stolen from frat houses; one from an unattached garage behind Delta Tau Delta at 416 Beacon St., and another from the basement storage area of Sigma Chi at 532 Beacon St., MIT Police said.
On Monday, two males walked into Phi Sigma Kappa at 487 Commonwealth Ave. and “stole multiple items,” MIT Police said. The same fraternity was burglarized again the next day, though police did not say whether anything was stolen.
As a precaution, BU sent an alert to students notifying them about the nearby thefts.
The alert reminded students to always lock doors and windows and report any suspicious activity.