Several vehicle burglaries on campus plague SBCC students

SAMMY KEYES-LEVINE, Channels Staff

Oct. 23 – 6:10 p.m.

A laptop and purse were stolen from a student’s car that was broken into between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The car was parked in Lot 5-2 located by the Business-Communications Center. The red Volkswagen’s rear driver-side window was shattered and items were taken. The student’s wallet was in the purse that was taken and charges were later made on one of the stolen credit cards. The Santa Barbara Police Department was notified.

Oct. 24 – 4:30 p.m.

A student’s vehicle was broken into while parked in Lot 2-C by La Playa Stadium. A screwdriver or some other tool was used to break the lock on the Chevy Traverse by punching it in and trying to pry it out, said Erik Fricke, director of campus security. Nothing from the vehicle was reported stolen and the incident was turned over to the police department.

Oct. 24 – 4:30 p.m.

A second report was made about another student’s vehicle being broken into also parked in Lot 2-C. The lock of the Honda Accord was broken using the same method used for the Chevy Traverse. The owner of the vehicle had $150 in cash stolen along with insurance cards. She said that she also saw a possible third vehicle that had been broken into. However, the suspect had left before security arrived. He was described as a young Asian male who was wearing white polo shirt, khaki pants and driving a light blue Scion. The incident was turned over to the police.

Oct. 27 – 6:10 p.m.

A student on a skateboard collided with a vehicle that was turning into West Campus between 5:40 p.m. and 6 p.m. The skateboarder was travelling eastbound down Cliff Drive, and a black Audi Sedan turned abruptly into the entrance of the West Campus and in front of the skateboarder causing the two to collide. The victim suffered injuries to both of his hands, as well as his left forearm and knee. He was taken to the nurse’s office but refused to call paramedics. After the collision the driver continued into the parking lot without stopping. He was described as an Asian male in his twenties. The Santa Barbara Police Department was called and a report was filed. Several vehicles that matched the description of the suspect’s were found, but no vehicle could be pinpointed as the driver’s.

Oct. 29 – 12:05 p.m.

A student was caught trying to steal over $140 worth of merchandise from the Bookstore around noon. She was attempting to steal about $100 worth of greeting cards in the front of her pants, and a $40 pair of headphones in the back of her pants. When she exited the bookstore she set off the alarm, and was asked to wait for security to come. Security was able to convince her to turn over all of the items. She was referred to Dr. Ben Partee, dean of student discipline, and banned from the bookstore. The police were not contacted.

Oct. 29 – 9:45 a.m.

A student’s backpack containing his laptop along with a few books was stolen from his car that was parked at Pershing Park. He left for class after parking his car and when he returned the backpack was gone. He said he accidentally left the passenger side window open, and the backpack was located in the front passenger seat. The laptop was valued at $900 and the books at $180. He was advised to file a police report.