A member of the security team from the Unite owned, Northumbria halls of residence, Manor Bank has been arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Northumbria Police revealed that after residents reported the disappearance of possessions over the Easter break a 24 year old man was arrested.
Three women, two 19 and one 18 were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, but were later relaxed with a caution.
It is thought that the items that went missing were high value electrical goods.
The Unite group charges £145 a week to stay at the Quayside halls of residence, which are protected by CCTV surveillance, with swipe card access and intercoms.
It is alleged that the front gate was not secure, and could often just be pushed open and that rats entering the building has become a problem.
A statement from Unite, who are Britain’s largest student landlord said: “thefts from our properties are rare and while we regret that this unusual and isolated incident took place, we applaud the quick and responsible actions of the UNITE team at Manor Bank.”
Additionally they stated “providing a safe, secure home for the students who live with us is our utmost priority.”
Some of the items have now been recovered.
Residents are planning an end-of-year party with the fancy dress theme of robbers, rats and security guards.