Police Beat: Return of the Boot and Stolen Vehicle Mirror

Sam Chaney

Give Them The Boot: Follow-Up and Arrest

UNFPD met with a UNF staff member at Bldg. 52 on March 12 to investigate a report of a stolen vehicle immobilization boot valued at $459.

The boot was reportedly placed on a 2014 Toyota Camry in Garage 44 on March 9, and Parking Services staff discovered both the vehicle and boot missing on March 12.

According to the police report, officials ran the vehicle’s tag and found the Camry had been registered to King Herod Johnson III. Attempts to contact Johnson reportedly failed.

The report states that the Camry was again located on campus in Lot 18 on March 15, at which point officials unsuccessfully searched for Johnson and placed two more boots on the vehicle.

On March 16, UNFPD returned to Lot 18 to check on Johnson’s vehicle and discovered it to again be missing. A black tire skid reportedly led from the parking space to Central Parkway, where officials located the vehicle.

UNFPD reported that Johnson was asleep in the vehicle and that upon being asked about why he drove away with the boots, Johnson stated that he did not have the money to pay the fines.

According to the police report, one boot was reportedly still on the vehicle, the second was inside the vehicle and the third had at some point fallen off while Johnson was driving.

The two retrieved boots were returned to Parking Services.

Johnson was placed under arrest for grand theft.

Mirror, Mirror

UNFPD was patrolling through the parking lot of The Flats when a student flagged officials down.

According to the police report, the student wanted to report the theft of the glass portion of her passenger side view mirror.

The student told officials that she has parked her vehicle in the parking lot of her apartment early that morning at approximately 12:00 a.m., which was when she last observed her vehicle without damage.

By the time she returned to her vehicle at approximately 8:15 a.m., she reportedly noticed the glass of the passenger side view mirror to be missing. The police report states that nothing else was stolen and no other damage was done to the vehicle.

Upon investigation, officials reportedly confirmed that an unknown suspect had removed the glass and fled to an unknown location, and the vehicle was unable to be processed due to being wet.

Patrol efforts have been suspended.