A vehicle theft, two auto burglaries and multiple attempted auto burglaries occurred around 2 a.m. Oct. 17 near United Methodist Hall.
The reports are being investigated. OCUPD sent an email Oct. 18 with attached video surveillance stills showing three suspects checking the doors of cars parked outside the residence hall.
“I usually park in the parking garage but I go back really late, so I just parked in the only non-visitor spot right out front of Methodist,” said Abigale Troutman, theater performance and secondary education senior. “When I went back to my car after work the next day, all my stuff was pulled out of the glove box. I didn’t have many valuables in my car, but they took an aux cable, maybe $20 cash, all the loose change, and some earrings.”
Troutman said she is not sure if the burglar popped the lock on her car or if she was just tired and forgot to lock it.
“I’m definitely double checking that it’s locked when I walk away now,” she said.
OCUPD encourages students to secure their vehicles and contact them if they recognize any of the suspects. To reach campus police, call 405-208-5911.
“I find this extremely disturbing as a car owner on campus, said Katelyn Jassoy, music theater sophomore. “I am also concerned about our campus surveillance system. The pictures provided in the email are not helpful. I couldn’t even make out the gender and race of the suspect.”
Christopher Heron, music theater sophomore, said he wasn’t concerned by the burglaries.
“I always take the time to lock my car because, unfortunately, you can’t trust people,” he said. “They will take advantage of you if they can.”
One student said she is finding hidden blessings in the recent crimes.
“In these moments, I am thankful I don’t have a car,” said Caroline Hawthorne, acting sophomore.