Published - Angelo State University RamPage
October 15, 2004
Wednesday, three vehicles parked on campus were broken into, bringing the total number of vehicle larcenies to six in just one week.
Two men suspected of burglarizing three cars on campus Oct. 6 were arrested by San Angelo police officers the day following the thefts.
University Police Lt. Larry Counts investigated the first report of a broken car window in the parking lot of Texan Hall.
“I went over there and as soon as I got out and looked around that (car), I looked up and there was another (car) parked just on the other side of the walkway. It had the window busted out on that one too,” Counts said.
Shortly after the thefts were discovered at Texan Hall, a second report of a broken vehicle window and stolen stereo was made in front of the Administration Building.
Stereos and CD cases were reported taken from the vehicles.
San Angelo Police Department looked for the suspects, who had been sought in connection with other car burglaries that have happened off campus in the recent weeks.
“This area’s been hit pretty hard,” University Police Chief James Adams said. “I think all of last year we may have had two or three car break-ins. To have three in one day was a concern.”
University officers were looking for a truck that had been spotted during some of the break-ins off campus, Counts said.
San Angelo police officers spotted the vehicle the morning following the Oct. 6 break-ins.
“The [San Angelo] police department stopped our suspect vehicle in all of our burglaries … and arrested two guys out of it,” Counts said. “So hopefully that will put a stop to all the vehicle burglaries around here.”
One of the two suspects refused to talk to police when he was arrested, but the other did admit to some break-ins, including one from Oct. 6, Counts said.
“We strongly recommend that people don’t leave valuables in their vehicles,” Adams said.
Counts recommends students with removable faceplates on their stereos remove the faceplates when leaving their vehicles.
One of the vehicles robbed recently was also broken into in late August while parked on campus.
“(The student) had her stereo stolen the first time and then had it replaced,” Counts said. “She’s (now) out a window, but they didn’t steal anything because she had taken the faceplate up to her room.”
Along with removing valuables from vehicles, the University Police suggested students keep a record of their stereo’s serial numbers.
The suspects did have some stereos and equipment in their car at the time of their arrest, but without proof of ownership, police said it will be hard for students to get their stolen property back.
“Unless you’ve got something that distinguishes one Kenwood from 5,000 other Kenwoods,” Counts said. “Without a serial number we can’t give it back to you.”
UPD is looking for information regarding these thefts. To provide tips or eyewitness accounts, contact the University Police at (325) 942-2071.