March 17, 2008 —
Vehicle break-ins prompt concern by University Police
In the last issue, the Vanguard reported that two young men were caught looking into cars and opening doors in the J-3 parking lot. The University Police said this was not a crime, adding they asked the young men to leave campus. After this incident, the University Police asked that students make sure their car doors were locked.
Since then, a radio was reported stolen between Feb. 23 and Feb. 28 from a car in J-4. Between March 10 and March 11 a car stereo was reported stolen from a car parked in J-3. A third radio was stolen from a vehicle from J-4. Officer Chad Lackowski said there was no evidence of damage to the cars, but all three victims said that their doors were locked. Lackowski suggested that the intruders might be using "slim jims" to break into the cars.
According to Lackowski, there is no solid evidence of a connection between the larcenies, but he isn't ruling it out. He added it is likely all of the thefts occur at night.
"People need to look out to see if anything strange is happening and let us know," Lackowski said.
Police report larcenies on campus
Two larcenies were reported on campus on March 10.
The first incident took place in Living Center North where a student reported his X-Box and controller missing. The student said he left his door unlocked and when he returned the game system was gone.
The second theft took place in the University Village when a student temporarily left a Global Positioning System unit outside unattended.