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Georgia Tech police make arrest in July 1 robbery

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New tips and surveillance video has helped Georgia Tech Police to a major break in an armed robbery case at a campus dorm back in July.

Police identified the suspects as Steven Terry and Terrance Watley. Terry is also behind bars for unrelated charges, but Watley, also known as "Boo Boo," is still on the loose.

Police have been determined to solve this case, partly because there was a gun involved, but also because of the brazen way the suspects got in.

Sophomore Cynthia Linebaugh lives in the North Avenue dorm where the robbery took place.

"I was a little freaked out at first," Linebaugh said.

That was the reaction from some students who knew about the robbery, but what many of them didn't realize is how the suspects got in.

The students were actually letting them in through something police call tailgating.

"Students go into facilities and people follow them in directly behind them to get in to facilities and dorm rooms," said Deputy Chief Robert Connolly with the Georgia Tech Police Department.

"It's scary that someone could just do that and sneak in like that," Linebaugh said.

Which is why students are happy to hear the news one suspect is behind bars and the second has at least been identified.

Sophomore Julian Royal also lives at North Avenue dorm.

"I think its good thing. They need to be caught. When someone walks into your room and robs you inside gated area. You supposed to be safe and stuff like that happens," Royal said.

What about the issue of tailgating?

Police said structurally they've done everything they can at the gates. They said the real difference will come from the students by giving police an extra set of eyes.

"If they see something say something," Connolly said.

Students said helping the cops is one thing, but they also need to help themselves and that includes one of the simplest crime stoppers out there, lock your door.

"You want to think you can leave door unlocked but you can't. At end of the day you do live there but you do live with hundreds of others and you never know who's going to come in room and try to do something," Royal said.

Despite this robbery and one suspect still on the loose, police said the campus is safe.

Those with information on Watley's whereabouts should contact the Georgia Tech Police Department at 404-894-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 (TIPS).

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