Purdue police seek information on car theft

April 10, 2013  

Person of interest PUP car theft

Purdue police released this video image of a person they wish to speak with in relation to a car theft in the Marsteller Street Parking Garage. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police have released a video image of a man they wish to speak with in relation to a car theft and destruction of personal property reported March 30 in the Marsteller Street Parking Garage on campus.

A car was reportedly stolen from the garage's first-floor level during the overnight hours. Police searched the garage and found the car on the top floor. There was damage to the front of the vehicle, indicating it had struck a concrete wall, and contents inside the vehicle had been ransacked, Purdue police Lt. Fred Davis said. Police later found the car owner's purse and items from it scattered around the garage's first level. Several items were missing from the purse.

Anyone who can identify the person in the image or can provide information about the incident is asked to call the Purdue Police Department at 765-494-8221 or its anonymous tipline at 765-496-3784. The WeTip anonymous hotline, which is used by all Greater Lafayette law enforcement agencies, also is available at 1-800-78CRIME (1-800-782-7463).

Though the vehicle had been locked and was broken into, police remind the campus community to not keep personal items in their cars or to place items where they are not visible.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Fred Davis, 765-494-8221, fvdavis@purdue.edu

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