Le Moyne left on alert after car theft


In the past week, students were notified of a car theft that took place early Saturday morning around 3 a.m. Campus Security was notified after two suspicious looking individuals were seen on campus, looking through unlocked cars. At least one case resulted in theft from an unlocked car on campus.

According to Director of Security, Mark Petterelli, the individuals were described as males in their late teens to early 20s. Petterelli said the suspects were not caught and it is not clear whether they belong to the Le Moyne community or not.

“Campus Security responded and we also contacted the DeWitt Police who sent multiple cars to the area looking for suspects, but they had already left the scene and were not apprehended,” said Petterelli. “The incident involved at least 3 vehicles that we are aware of, but only one involved property actually being stolen from the unlocked car.”

According to the campus crime log, the incident occurred on Feb. 6 in Lot L, the parking lot located behind the Heights. Students and faculty were not notified of the incident until Monday afternoon around 3 p.m. via Le Moyne’s campus alert email system.

“We are asking all members of the campus community to be more vigilant in securing their personal property, as well as vehicles when parking in all campus parking lots,” the campus alert read.

The email asked students to keep car doors and windows locked, and to keep valuable items hidden and out of sight when parked on and around campus, as the cars that were searched by the suspects were unlocked at the time. The email also asked students to make sure their cars are registered so that in the case of an incident, security can notify the owner of the car.

Campus security has also asked those on campus to be aware of their surroundings, especially at night, and to be “good neighbors” when it comes to looking out for others.

“The reason the Campus Announce did not contain the specific parking lot is because these types of thefts are crimes of opportunity and could be happening in any parking lot, not just Lot- L, day or night, and we want the entire campus to be aware and be more vigilant,” said Petterelli.

This incident will be the 12th case of larceny on campus this year and the third case involving larceny from a motor vehicle.