In the early morning hours of April 24th, sixteen cars were damaged and/or burglarized in one parking lot on campus.
In what is referred to as a "smash and grab", thieves moved quickly smashing out windows and stealing valuable items. Many of the vehicles sustained damage to the window but no items were stolen. Four cars were also burglarized across the street and St. Edward's Police Department is collaborating with Austin Police Department in the investigation.
"It only takes a few minutes for this much destruction," said Crime Prevention Officer Alice Gilroy. "Much of the damage was just malicious vandalism, however thieves are attracted to the cars if they see what may be valuable items in plain view. GPS units are a favorite for car burglars because they are easy to sell."
Gilroy said you should "take out or hide your valuables." "You can do everything right and still end up being a victim, but hiding your valuables will make you less of a target," said Gilroy. "Hide your GPS and the mount for your GPS. The mount also attracts thieves. Also write down the serial number of your valuables and keep the information in a safe place where you can get to it quickly. If we catch a thief with a GPS the only way we can be sure it was stolen is if you have supplied us with identifying serial numbers. SEUPD will also engrave your property with your driver's license number at no charge. If you don't want to come by the SEUPD office just call us and make an appointment and we will come to your room and engrave your valuable electronic equipment."
The night after the burglaries St. Edward's Police did stop and question two possible suspects. Police are currently developing leads and awaiting processing of evidence.