Tens of thousands of Ohio State students are moving back on campus, and police say criminals are taking advantage of it.
There have been four reported violent robberies within the past few days, where thieves stole people's cell phones along Indianola Avenue.
Several blocks north, two OSU students reported a terrifying home invasion, where the students say they were woken up by the sounds of people breaking in.
The students said they have a new security system and a new outlook on safety, after what happened Monday morning.
The Ohio State seniors said they just moved into the house for the new school year – a moment they’re supposed to enjoy.
Instead, they said they are haunted by the actions of two men, who broke in.
The students said they were woken up by the sounds of the criminals breaking in, but didn’t realize who it was at the time.
“So when I opened the door, I asked them, ‘What are you guys doing on my porch?’ They looked kind of confused like they weren't really expecting it. And one of the guys actually said, 'Well, this is awkward,'” said OSU senior, Yow.
Moments later, Yow said they had him down on the ground with a knife to his throat and a set of terrifying instructions for his roommate, Matt.
“He made him tie me up with just cable wires and then he tied him to me and then gagged us, put bags over our heads, and then basically started ransacking through the house,” said Yow.
Yow said they took thousands of dollars in electronics, including laptops, iPhones, iPads and a gaming console.
“There were two book bags in my room. They piled up everything into those book bags and then left on our bikes out the back door,” said Matt. “It was pretty scary. I think at that point, they had knives. I didn't have any self-defense.”
This is one of several recent robberies in the area, putting the safety and security of OSU students at risk, and putting police on high alert.
“We are out in patrol, we're out in force right now. We're putting people where we need to put them to watch over the areas,” said Columbus Police Commander Chris Bowling.
Even with the boosted patrol, Bowling said it is important for students to be aware of their surroundings and lock any windows and doors at home.
Police urged people to immediately report incidents to them.
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