ETSU site of recent car break-ins
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 01:09
Several auto burglaries have occurred on campus recently.
In addition, an attempted car break-in resulted in a shooting at Campus Ridge apartments, which is not part of ETSU but houses some ETSU students.
Three vehicles were broken into at ETSU last week, and a car was also reported stolen from campus.
All of the vehicles that were burglarized were left unlocked. “We suspect that the burglar was probably going around trying the door handles on the cars, testing to see which vehicles were accessible,” said Officer Brandon Powell of ETSU’s Department of Public Safety.
The shooting occurred at a parking lot at Campus Ridge located behind ETSU’s campus on Sept. 15.
According to the Johnson City Police Department, the victim, a 19-year-old man, was shot in the leg after refusing to surrender money to a stranger who demanded it. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Powell said, “We can’t prove that the shooting at Campus Ridge was related.
“The only thing we have to go on is that the suspect vehicle is the same, but we really have no way to verify that these incidents were actually related.”
Powell said it is easy to prevent such car burglaries. “The two main things are to keep car doors locked and valuables out of plain sight. If you have valuables with you, take them in to your apartment or dorm; don’t leave them out in the open where they can be seen.”
Anyone with information regarding these crimes should call 911 or 439-4480.
For more information about the Department of Public Safety, visit www.etsu.edu/dps. The campus security report can also be found at this site.