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Campus Armed Robbery

Tomi Boyd, Staff Writer

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Jenny Seetoh, former general manager of Ohlone's Fresh and Natural cafe, is still missing from the public eye.

 

She vanished from sight shortly after being held at knifepoint and robbed of $3800. She was carrying the money in her purse while exiting building 5 at night on the Fremont campus, this past June.

 

The crime occurred while Seetoh was locking up the rear entrance to the café. Seetoh told the Campus Police (CPS) officers that the assailant came up behind her and threatened her with a large knife.

 

She gave him the $3800 from her purse and he pushed her against the glass doors, then escaped. “I feared for my life,” Seetoh told police in her report. The assailant was described as a black male adult in blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt.

 

Seetoh did not report the crime until early the next morning, claiming that she was “worried about paying her sales tax” and believed that she needed to wait 24 hours to report the crime. This notion is incorrect, as CPS officers are available on campus 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling the CPS phone number.

 

According to Campus Police reports, Jenny Seetoh has been the victim of three other thefts and burglaries in the past year, including $700 being taken from her purse in her car, $4000 being taken from her parked car, and $2000, 2 iPads, and a laptop computer being stolen from her office.

 

All the previous burglaries and thefts occurred in or around building 5, wherein Seetoh's vehicle or office had been left unlocked and unattended for long periods of time.

 

Since the assault, Seetoh has left the service of the Fresh and Natural Food Service Group as well as Ohlone college without giving notice or any forwarding information.

 

Thomas Nguyen, vice president of the Fresh and Natural Food Service Group said that “Jenny, a former manager, suddenly left without notifying anyone. The surrounding events are still under review”.

 

Video surveillance on the night of the alleged assault captured Seetoh’s van as she made her way towards the café, but did not capture the attack or any footage of Seetoh herself exiting the building. In previous burglaries involving Seetoh, video surveillance also failed to capture footage of the crimes.

 

At this time, the assault on Seetoh, and all previous thefts/burglaries involving her are currently under review by the Fremont Police Department (FPD). Currently, there are no suspects. CPS Chief John Worley said that the cases are “suspended due to no further leads, but not closed”.

 

According to the annual crime reports on the CPS website, there have been over 16 reported cases of thefts, burglaries, and larcenies on the Fremont campus in the last two years. Statistically, in respect to previous years, the frequency of such crimes has been decreasing.

 

When asked about the prevalence of theft crimes at Ohlone, Chief Worley stated that there were “very little”. The CPS website describes the Ohlone Community College district as “the safest community college district in the entire bay area, and one of the safest in the state of California”.

 

Chief Worley and the CPS strongly encourage students and faculty members to utilize the safety tips and procedure resources on the CPS website.

 

Students and faculty have been asked not to leave valuables in plain sight within unattended vehicles and to maintain situational awareness when walking to or from their classes.

 

Campus escort services are also available to all persons on campus and can even be scheduled in advance.

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2 Comments

  • disqus_wsQKEXwqrw

    The reporting here fails to address the obvious question: is the employee a suspect of staging the theft(s)?

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  • Michael Sharnet

    Why in the world would anyone think there is a waiting period to report a robbery? This is just plain nonsense. The number of crimes that surround a single person and the lack of video showing the “robbers,” leads me to believe that this was either employee theft or employee facilitated robbery. My belief isn’t a conviction but it is still suspicious.

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