University of Miami Apologizes for Incomplete Emergency Alert Following Campus Laptop Theft

A police perimeter was established on campus Wednesday night.

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    An officer on the University of Miami campus.

    The University of Miami said Thursday it regretted an incomplete emergency alert sent to its campus after a laptop theft at the school.

    The initial University Emergency Notification Network alert was intended to quickly notify the campus of a suspect at large, an active perimeter and safety information, the school said.

    “The following is an emergency message from the University of Miami Emergency Notification Network Gables Campus: **DESCRIPTION** **DESCRIPTION** black male on campus wearing black and white tennis shoes, white shirt w/blk writing, black shorts..stay away from mrc pavia garage and canterbury house..if you see this black male call police,” the message read.

    The police perimeter was established just after 9 p.m. Wednesday after the victim issued a $1,000 reward for the laptop's return through an electronic message on the screen. He then scheduled a meeting with the thief near the Bank United Center to make the exchange, according to authorities.

    Coral Gables Police said 21-year-old Del'Necco Streeter had the laptop in his possession when he fled from the arena. He was eventually found in a parking garage stairwell, according to the arrest affidavit.

    Police said Streeter, of Miami, was arrested and faces charges of dealing in stolen property and resisting an officer without violence, the arrest form said. The driver of his getaway car is still at large.

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    The university also distributed two other alerts that night.

    “UMiami ENN: Coral Gables Campus Update. Police perimeter around Mahoney Pearson Merrick Street, Ponce Blvd and Pavia Garage. Suspect is believed to be unarmed but find a secure location & if off campus avoid area. Go to www.miami.edu/prepare for more information.”

    The final alert read: “UMiami ENN: ALL CLEAR Gables Campus. The emergency incident has been resolved. Police responded to a theft and two suspects are in custody. Resume all normal campus operations. For more information go to www.miami.edu/prepare.”

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