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FIRST ON 3: UNCW Police believe personal info safe after Christmas break-ins

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Usually winter break on campus is a quiet time for a university. But at UNC Wilmington, a Grinch took advantage of the Christmas peace to break-in to a couple of campus buildings.

This is not the Christmas present UNCW wanted: A series of holiday break-ins at campus offices housing some very personal information.

Police say someone broke into the Warwick Center Christmas day.

“There is an alarm in the Student Accounts Office, and that alarm was not activated,” UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson said. “When my staff entered that area to check it the alarm did activate. Student Accounts was not entered that night. The glass on the door was broken, but the room itself was not accessed.”

Chief Donaldson says the crook or crooks did get into the Financial Aid and Veteran Services offices.

“The director of that area has come out on campus and reviewed the area and determined that nothing was stolen from there, so we are very relieved in that,” Donaldson said.

Even though nothing was missing from the Warwick Center, the crime leads to questions about identity theft. Officials in the Financial Aid Office say they use document imaging and shred original copies. They say it does not look like their computers were accessed.

“We do as a university put a lot of thought and controlled measures into place to protect student information, confidential information, health information, financial information, and so it appears, at this point, from the information that’s available, that those protections worked,” Donaldson said.

The Warwick Center was not the only campus building broken into over the holidays. Police say Trask Coliseum was also hit as robbers got away with nearly $900 in cash.

“There’s no indication at this point at all that anything other than cash was taken in this case,” Chief Donaldson said. “There was no financial transaction cards, no credit card information stored in the safe that we are aware of.”

The thieves also went into Hanover Hall, which is connected to Trask Coliseum, and stole from a vending machine.

Chief Donaldson says his investigators are looking at surveillance video from campus for clues.

UNCW Police ask that anyone with information about these burglaries contact them immediately.

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