Greenville police say someone reported an attempted theft near ECU's campus around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Province Apartments on Boxelder Way in Greenville.
An ECU campus alert says no injuries were reported, nor weapons shown.
Police say three men were reported to be involved. One is described as a black man, 17 -21 years old, wearing a black jacket, large earring in his right ear, and riding a black bicycle. The second is described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing a toboggan, and red gloves. The third robber was described as a black child in the middle school age range, skinny build, and wearing a gray hoodie.
They left the area heading west on 13th Street, according to the alert.
Anyone with information should call Greenville police at 252-329-4315.