Opinion: Two cars broken into in FAU parking lot

Two students awake as burglary victims and it’s not the first of recent theft reports in the FAU residence hall


Photo by Reimy Benitez | Assistant Copy Desk Chief

Reimy Benitez, Assistant Copy Desk Chief

Waking up to a half-open car door with all of your personal belongings and vehicle registration information scattered on the floorboard is perhaps not the recommended way to start your morning, but two University Village Apartment residents had no choice but to embrace this reality today, one of them being myself.

Two cars, including my own, have been reportedly broken into in the UVA parking lot outside building 58. The crimes occurred at some point between 12:30 a.m. [when I parked my car] and the early morning hours, as stated by Officer Williams-Iliu of the FAU Police Department — who helped me file a police report after I learned of the incident first hand.

According to Officer William-Iliu there are no leads to the thief’s identity [or identities], and there are no cameras surrounding the building. This is one of the few areas in the university where you’re not constantly on live video, which might explain the choice of crime scene.

Nothing of any immediate monetary value was missing from my own car, except for some change and to my dread, bank receipts and pay stubs. We have no news of the other victim as of publication time.

While the news might be disconcerting, it could have been much worse. Like the instance UVA maintenance man David West experienced when coming into work Monday, March 2.

West explains that in the early morning before his shift an unidentified number of men “cut the gate open … taped the camera, cut the chains and stole three pressure washers … And then when they were done with that they tried to pry open my shop door.”

Video surveillance later shed some light on the subjects. “You could see them from where they taped the camera off to the side. They were wearing the green reflective suits that the construction guys wear and white hard hats,” stated West.

Whether the two crimes are related or not is unclear, so lock your car doors and keep an eye out.

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