Fourteen cars parked in the M-Lot extension lot on campus were broken into around 3 a.m. Oct. 17.
Public Safety has filed 17 theft-related incidents, including two stolen GPS units, four charges of tampering with items within a vehicle and 11 criminal mischief charges for external damage to cars. Freshmen students owned most of the cars.
“It would appear no forced entry was used,” Investigator Tom Dunn said. “We like to think students know to lock their cars, just like they should lock their rooms.”
Officials believe the incidents are related because of their proximity in time and location.
“It appeared the person or people went from car to car,” Sergeant Ronald Hart said.
At this time there are no potential leads. Public Safety officials are processing fingerprints found at the crime scene.
This is the third car incident reported this semester. Officials said this rash of crimes is uncommon. The last similar series of incidents occurred in November 2006 and were committed by two Ithaca College students.