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Thieves break into one car, attempt to steal another

A vehicle burglary and an attempted stolen vehicle kept campus police busy the week of Nov. 4.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Officer David Madden responded to a call from student Samuel Vargas about a vehicle that had been broken into in parking lot A.

Madden arrived to find Vargas standing by his Chevrolet Silverado.

Vargas said he had already gone through the vehicle and determined the only thing missing was his radio, an aftermarket Alpine radio.

Vargas had no serial number for the radio and didn’t know the model but told Madden he suspected the price was between $100 and $150.

Madden reviewed camera footage of the parking lot, and reported seeing the suspect’s vehicle — a maroon sedan — enter campus from Regents Boulevard.

There were two people in the car, according to Madden’s report.

He said both got out of the car and one of them broke the passenger side window on Vargas’s truck.

In another incident on Nov. 8, Madden noticed a vehicle in parking lot A parked in a lane, blocking the entrance to the lot.

Madden said the vehicle was unoccupied.

He discovered the passenger side window had been tampered with and the vehicle’s radio had been removed from the dash.

He said the steering column and ignition also had been tampered with.

Madden said he then put on gloves to preserve any evidence, phoned dispatch to report a possible attempted car theft and tried to contact the owner of the vehicle, who was in class at the time.

Officer Tim Harris also responded and dusted for fingerprints. He was able to lift three prints from the passenger side door.

The victim, James Kyle Vanek, a student and owner of the Honda Civic, valued the radio at approximately $208. Also missing, according to Vanek, were two toolboxes worth approximately $200.

Camera footage of the area showed the suspect vehicle was a maroon sedan, possibly a Toyota Celica with two occupants who entered the victim’s car using the passenger window.

The report shows the suspects attempted to steal the Honda Civic by tampering with the ignition and pushing the car with their own vehicle.

The suspects were unable to steal the car due to a hidden kill switch which made the theft impossible.

To contact campus police, call 405-682-1611, ext. 7747. For an emergency, use one of the call boxes located inside and outside on campus or call 405-682-7872.