Burglar targets students’ cars

Anthony Carpio

Multiple vehicle burglaries were reported this week, with burglars getting away with various electronic equipment and the back-row seat of a car, according to the CSUN police crime log.

Two of the vehicles were broken into on Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. and another between 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. the following day. Two of the burglaries occurred in the B3 parking structure, the other taking place inside the G3 structure.

The electronic equipment stolen included a radio, navigation system and a radar detector.

These crimes are not unusual on campus and happen every semester, said Christina Villalobos, spokeswoman for CSUN police. She added that campus police patrol the parking structure and are doing everything they can to prevent future burglaries.

Students should be wary of where they park, however. They should pay attention to details, such as not leaving valuable items inside their vehicle, using alarm systems and parking in well-lit areas, Villalobos said.

Specifics were not known about which levels the burglaries occurred on, Villalobos said.

Regarding the theft of a third-row seat, she said that type of burglary is not a campus-specific crime and that there are others that do come onto campus and attempt burglaries.

There might have been witnesses that saw the burglary occur, but Villalobos said that these witnesses might not have known a theft was occurring due to the irregularity of this type of theft.

CSUN police are currently conducting investigations for the burglaries and the department has yet to receive leads on the cases, Villalobos said.