SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two Missouri State University students were mugged near campus last month, but students and staff did not hear about it until nearly two weeks afterwards.
The crimes happened during finals week. The first time, someone hit a male student on the head from behind and stole his wallet. The second robbery happened outside the Moxie Cinema. The robber shoved a woman to the ground and stole her purse.
Nine days later, campus security issued safety alerts.
"That is a pretty long time to hear about something that serious. I am shocked that it took that long to get word out about it," said MSU student Olivia Montgomery.
The first victim did not report the crime when it happened. Only after an officer went to return one of the stolen items did the story come out.
"The officer said, 'I am returning found property,' and said, 'Oh, by the way, how did you lose it? Oh, let me get a report on that,'" said MSU Safety and Transportation assistant director Jay Huff.
Springfield Police did not notify Missouri State, which also found out after the fact.
"When we noticed it on our weekly summary, we tried to get it out as fast as we can at that point," said Huff.
The safety alert was e-mailed and posted around campus, after many students left for break.
"I did not see anything about the muggings, but I didn't check my email over break, " said MSU student Claire Wagman.
Huff says there is no need for concern and insists this is a rare incident.
"It should not have happened. Maybe we should have been more proactive in seeking out information. But it just didn't happen."
Another way students and staff are notified when crimes happen on or near campus is by a Missouri State Alert text message. Officials say it is used only for violent crimes and urgent situations.
Ten officers from the Springfield Police Department patrol the campus through an agreement with the University.
Springfield Police are investigating both muggings. They say one person is in custody so far. Kwaune Amlin is charged with second-degree robbery.