“Where’s Johnny at?” asked a thief after waking Madison Arteaga, a sophomore studying dietetics, and her boyfriend at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house in the early morning hours on April 21.
The thief was attempting to take Arteaga’s phone, laying on her boyfriend, as they slept. After waking up, her boyfriend asked the thief what he was doing. The thief merely asked about “Johnny,” and Arteaga’s boyfriend told him to leave. That was the last time the thief has been seen since the incident.
“It’s honestly anyone’s worst nightmare,” Arteaga said. “It’s what you see in movies. I was just stunned; I didn’t know what to do in the moment.”
Arteaga also said she doesn’t know of any “Johnny” living at the fraternity house.
The thieves stole Apple products including a MacBook and iPad, game consoles, cellphones, wallets, cash, headphones and a phone charger sometime after 4 a.m. The 911 call came in at 4:32 a.m., according to Lisa Cox, the public affairs officer with the Springfield Police Department.
Cox said the police report says the burglary happened sometime between 1 a.m. and just before the 911 call after 4 a.m.
Arteaga and her boyfriend said going to sleep again after the incident just wasn’t an option.
“Our adrenaline was just so high, and it was just terrifying,” Arteaga said.
Arteaga said the thieves were inside the fraternity house for almost half an hour, but that wasn’t the first time the thieves had been there that day.
Arteaga said, and police reports confirm, there were claims from fraternity members that they saw the thieves wandering through the house earlier that night, around 11 p.m.
The men who saw the thieves believed they were friends of someone else in the fraternity, Arteaga said.
“I’m just thankful my boyfriend and I are still here and no one got hurt because so many different things could have happened,” Arteaga said.
The investigation is still open, but there are currently no suspects in the case, Cox said.
“Definitely something needs to be done, like higher security around here,” Arteaga said.
She said the men at the fraternity house have changed the locks on the doors and been far more cautious about who is coming in and out of the house, but Arteaga said she still has trouble sleeping in the nights following the burglary.
An attempted break-in occurred earlier this month when a property manager said he saw two men attempting to break into an apartment complex on the afternoon of April 13 at 1030 E. Elm St.
The property manager caught two white males who seemed to be attempting to break a window, Cox said. The manager yelled, and the two men ran off.
The report said one suspect, wearing a gray hoodie and a backpack, managed to escape the property manager chasing after them.
The other suspect, wearing a red hoodie, was eventually picked up by someone driving a gold Ford Crown Victoria.
Cox said this case has been suspended as police officers have exhausted all initial evidence and will not be able to pursue the case further unless new clues or evidence appears.