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Thieves Target Backpacks & Wallets At Concordia

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A string of thefts at a local campus has police looking for three people.

Moorhead Police say the suspects stole unattended backpacks and wallets earlier this week. Now Concordia students say they're going to keep an extra eye on their stuff.

"Being a senior I think oh ill just leave my stuff it'll be fine." says Patrick Schmitz who is a senior at Concordia.

"It's like a little community here," Matt Peterson says, "you still have the small school feel to it, and everybody kind of knows everybody, so I didn't think this kind of thing would ever happen, and it hasn't the last three years I've been here."

The students at Concordia say they never have had a reason to fear that their stuff may get stolen.

"This is such a good community to be around, it's kind of scary, like the email said it's most likely someone who's not a Cobber." Mariah Tweeton says.

The school captured a few surveillance photos of the suspects. You can see in the photos we've attached the two males and one female. 

Campus Security described the suspects as followed: One white female, brown hair, wearing a monkey hat and black jacket, with a leather like vest with a side zipper, one white male wearing a black stocking cap, gray hoody and baggy jeans and one white male wearing a medium blue hoody and white sunglasses on his head.

After hearing multiple people had items taken, students are starting to think about how much their valuables in their backpacks are worth.

"Probably easy $500-$600 at a time, depending on what I have in it. Between all the papers, and the books, and the notebooks, and calculators." Schmitz says.

"As far as books, I carry my laptop with me so probably between one to two thousand dollars." Peterson exclaims.

So now these Cobbers say they'll think twice about leaving their stuff unattended.

"I carry my laptop around with me, my cell phone because we're not supposed to bring that to labs and my wallet, so it kind of put me on edge to check if my stuffs still there." Tweeton says.

"I mean I always leave my stuff in the library and the science labs all the time, backpack, laptop, wallet sometimes, everything. Just like oh well no one's going to take it so that's defiantly going to change now." Peterson laughs.

And as police keep an eye out for the suspects, students are reminded to keep an eye on their stuff.

If you're a victim of theft, or know information about the suspects, you're advised to contact the Campus Public Safety office. The number is 218-299-4358.

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