COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Those who live near Ohio State’s campus are on alert after two break-ins happened early Monday morning.
A public safety notice went out to the community to make them aware of the crimes that happened.
The public safety notice states both crimes happened at Buckeye Village Family Housing Apartments between 2am and 4:30am Monday. Neighbors are now checking twice to make sure their windows and doors stay locked.
“I got so scared and locked my house and started checking all the windows,” says a neighbor.
According to the incident report, around 2am, someone tried to break into an apartment through the bedroom window while occupants were actually in the living room. The suspect did not get in. Then, a couple hours later, another incident happened at another apartment.
Officials say a man wearing a mask entered through an unlocked first-floor window and went upstairs where there was a woman and her child. The woman says the suspect threatened her with a sharp object and touched her inappropriately. She says he also threatened to harm her child.
Neighbors are scared to show their faces on camera not knowing where that suspect could be.
“It’s really scary especially since it’s a community with a lot of families here with the little ones so it’s super scary,” said one resident.
Police believe both incidents are related.
So what’s OSU doing about this? A university spokesperson says there are free window alarms and light timers for students throughout the year and can be picked up at the Ohio Union.
But, after what happened at Buckeye Village, they were brought to the front desk of the community center so neighbors could pick one up immediately.
“I was very scared and at night there is no one here so it’s terrible. Actually we haven’t had any problems sometimes I forgot to lock my doors and windows but I will check every night and that’s what I have to do I think. I think this neighborhood is great so I never want this to happen again,” says a neighbor who’s lived at the apartments for the last 3 years.
OSU says there will be extra patrols in the area and if you have any information you’re being asked to call OSU police.