By Taylor Hoppe
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
University Police are investigating a vehicle that was stolen from the parking garage last month.
Police received a call from a commuter student on Feb. 28 informing them about the missing 2004 Honda Civic. The same student had also reported that her purse containing her identification, credit cards and car keys were stolen from a Kindlon computer lab on Feb. 21.
“We determined early [in the investigation] that the vehicle had not been borrowed,” said Chief of Police Michael Salatino.
According to Salatino, after the student reported the missing vehicle, University Police reviewed surveillance tapes from the parking garage.
“The investigation ensued and determined through surveillance cameras that a male driver was seen exiting the [parking] garage at approximately 4 p.m.,” explained Salatino.
He says that through the surveillance video, police have identified a person of interest that they would “like to speak to as a witness to see if he may know something.”
The vehicle was entered into the FBI National Criminal Database as a stolen vehicle and University Police distributed pictures of the vehicle and the suspect to area police departments.
Salatino explained that they are also working with the Regional Auto Task Forces and with the Tollroad Authority, which has been tracking the IPass in the car.
“We know where the individual exited and we continue to work with the State Police and the Tollroad Authority on tracking that IPass signal,” Salatino shared.
University Police have coordinated with several other area jurisdictions in attempt to track down the vehicle.
“We have no information that the individual responsible for this theft will come back to Benedictine, but we seek the community’s help in reporting any suspicious individual or someone who appears to be a non-student wandering around campus,” Salatino said..
Salatino wants to reassure the BenU community that there is no need to be apprehensive about this situation.
“We want to make sure our community has confidence that we’re able to follow up on serious crimes like auto theft and we have the resources and the open lines of communication with those departments that have the staff and the manpower,” he explained.
University Police urges students to be aware of their environment, to secure their personal property and report suspicious incidents and people. They are seeking information from the BenU community to solve both incidents.