Volume 47, Number 6 - November 2, 2009

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Picture of car crime
Vilbert Green, a North Campus student, discovered that his blue 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix had been burglarized in lot 15.

A "lot" of car crime

By Michael Finch

Picture of burglarized car
Green's radio was completely ripped out of the dashboard of his Pontiac.

On Oct. 26, as he arrived at the North Campus for his 8 a.m. class, Vilbert Green thought he was in for a typical day of school.

He was wrong.

Seven hours later- and after attending four classes- Green, a criminal justice major, discovered that his blue 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix had been burglarized in lot 15 of the North Campus.

Green’s car was one of two vehicles burglarized on campus on Oct. 26, according to North Campus public safety crime logs. It was the second incident in lot 15 in recent weeks. Honors College student, Valentina Alvizua’s had her black Honda Civic stolen from the lot on Sept. 17.

Since Sept.  2 the North Campus has reported three burglaries to motor vehicles, two auto thefts and two vehicle vandalisms. According to the 2008 crime statistics reported by Miami Dade College’s public safety office, there were only six motor vehicle thefts and no burglaries reported.    

North Campus chief of public safety Therese Homer declined to comment specifically about the incidents.

“You all just can’t walk in here and talk to the chief,” Homer said to the Falcon Times. “The chief is busy. I have sergeants and assistant chiefs who you can speak with. I cannot give you any confidential campus information regarding criminal activity. We have a daily crime log where all of this information can be accessed. If you all just walk in here, that means I have to stop what I am doing to speak with you.”  

 Green voiced his displeasure with public safety.

“Obviously they aren’t good; they need more of them,” Green said. “They don’t even have guns, so no one will respect them anyway.”

Green’s Pontiac Grand Prix sported a shattered small rear window after the incident.  Stolen were a radio and TV that were ripped from the dashboard, Green said, and an entire headrest- which housed two additional TV’s- was snatched off the seat.

Green is unsure if his insurance company will cover his entire loss, which he estimated at more than $1,000.

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