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At about 6:40 PM on Sunday, November 27, 2016, a Tufts student’s cell phone was taken from her while she stood on the corner of Kneeland Street and Harrison Ave in Boston. The suspect approached the victim and removed the telephone from the victim’s hand and fled on foot down Kneeland Street in the direction of South Station. No weapon was used or shown. The victim then notified the Tufts University and Boston Police Departments. An area search was conducted for the suspect but it was not successful. The victim was not physically injured. 

The victim described the suspect as a male wearing a black shirt, and tan or black pants.

While victims of crime are never to blame for criminal activity, there are some precautions that can be taken:


‒ Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts. If you think you are being followed, walk briskly away and call police, being able to give them your location.

‒ Report any suspicious person(s) or circumstances from all campuses to the Tufts Police immediately at 617-627-6911 from off campus or a cell phone or 911 for local police.  From the Boston Health Sciences campus phone dial x-66911. From the Medford/Somerville campus dial x-76911 

‒ Utilize the SafeRide service on the SMFA at Tufts campus by using the LYFT APP. Boston Health Sciences campus can dial Tufts Police at (617) 636-6610 from off-campus or cell phone or from a campus phone dial X-66610. From the Medford/Somerville campus can dial (617) 627-3030from off campus or from a campus phone dial X73030.

‒ Program the Tufts Police into your cell phone so you will be prepared in an emergency (617-627-6911).

Anyone with any information is asked to call Boston detectives directly at (617) 343-4400. Community members wanting to assist in the investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800)494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463) or you can contact the Tufts Police as soon as possible at 617-636-6610 from off-campus or a cell phone. From the Boston Health Sciences or Medford/Somerville campus phone dial X-66610.