April 8, 2020

Twitter lends help to robbed student

Twitter users came to the aid of a student whose book bag was stolen, but some of the bag’s contents still haven’t been found.

“[The robber] used something to break the sealant of my passenger side door, and they got in that way and took my book bag and everything that was in it,” said Wyatt Pertuset, senior psychology major.

Wyatt Pertuset, senior psychology major. Photo taken by Robert Cumberlander.

Pertuset lives on Sheridan Avenue right across from the Bexley Village Apartments.

An acquaintance of Pertuset actually notified him that someone had arrived at his house bearing an empty book bag some days later.

The book bag was discovered to be Pertuset’s, but it was empty.

The person left the acquaintance’s house before Pertuset arrived, so he was not able to provide a name, but he asked about where the person originally found it. 

“[The person who found it] said he found it behind his house,” Pertuset said. “So I’m not sure how that works, but that’s just what I’ve been told.”

The book bag contained Pertuset’s laptop and headphones among other things. The laptop is a 13-in. Macbook with a sticker of the number “12” in the top right corner and the Nike logo in the top left.

“My 65-page thesis paper for medical and grad school is all gone,” Pertuset said. “So that was the hardest part about it, but you know, I tried to get the word out there and see if it would come back, but nothing has shown up yet.”

To get by with classes, Pertuset is currently using a laptop provided by his grandparents, but according to him, the university was willing to help him out.

“The Dean of Students [Jennie Smith] emailed me and said that if I needed a laptop I could borrow one,” Pertuset said.

Additional support came from Twitter, which is the main platform that Pertuset used to inform people on what had happened. 

“Twitter really helped me out,” Pertuset said. “Got a lot of help from them.”

Pertuset tweeted about the incident Oct. 12, asking his fellow students at the university to help him find the black Adidas bookbag and its contents. The next day he tweeted that the bag had been found, but without its contents.

“I didn’t really see anywhere else to go to,” Pertuset said. “So I thought that maybe if I tweeted about it, the person who stole it would hear about it. It’s just a little bit of hope.”

Pertuset ended by giving a warning to his fellow students.

“It’s happening, so you might as well prepare for it. Take all your stuff into your house, make sure doors are locked and everything,” Pertuset said.

  • Robert Cumberlander is a staff reporter for The Chimes and a sophomore at Capital University, majoring in Film and Media Production with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

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