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Property stolen from several vehicles throughout campus

By Courtney Olson

Items were stolen from several student and staff vehicles on campus the weekend of Nov. 13-15.

Sophomore Darius Hillman noticed miscellaneous artifacts were taken from his car that Sunday evening. He assumed the car was trespassed Saturday night.

The perpetrator(s) stole a Beats pill speaker, an auxiliary cable, an Apple iPhone charger, a pair of Apple headphones and some change. Hillman said the property stolen from his car was worth about $200.

“I was obviously enraged when I opened my [presumed] locked vehicle to find my console open, property missing and things were strewn about the front seat,” he said.

Others had similar experiences.

Junior Alexandria Witzig, another victim, said change was stolen from her car. Pa-perwork in her glove com-
partment was “thrown everywhere.” Witzig said she is grateful that nothing else was taken from her car. She

said her car was left unlocked overnight.

Junior Josh White said his GPS and loose change was also stolen from his vehicle.White said the property stolen from his unlocked car was worth about $90.

Jessica Hatcher, resident director of Miller and Meadows hall, said her eight-year-old iPod was stolen, however,

she said it wasn’t particularly valuable because it could not hold a charge anymore.

Barry Cochran, director of campus police, was notified of the thefts while at his home on Sunday. Cochran said he does not believe any cars were actually “broken” into.

“The [students] may have thought they locked them,” Cochran said, “but these thieves do not take the time nor the risk of breaking into cars. They simply find unlocked cars and rummage through them.”

In order to prevent future incidents such as a break-in or theft, Cochran said that it should be “common sense” to make sure students lock their cars and take any valuables out of their vehicles in case a break-in were to happen.

Ron Coffey, vice president of student life, said that at least three incidents have been reported.

“We continue to have our police make more frequent rounds in remote parking areas and collaborate with the Huntington City Police to coordinate any leads regarding other similar crimes near campus,” Coffey said.

According to the university’s campus crime brochure, there have been a total of 19 thefts reported on campus from 2011 to 2013. The university was recognized by StateUniversity.com as the second safest campus in the Midwest after Goshen college.

Coffey said he noticed buzz about the incidents on social media, and the topic will be discussed in a security task force meeting, a sub-committee of the Student Government Association.

No suspect or suspects have been identified.

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