Police Beat: An abundance of car issues

Jessica May

Graphic by Rachelle Keller

Interrupted nap

UNF Parking Services called UNFPD about someone sleeping in a car while being illegally parked in Lot 16 on Sept. 14.

According to the police report, inside the car was an employee who works for hospitality staffing and was waiting for his job to start. The police report said the officer checked the license plate, which indicated that it was stolen. The man was detained.

The man reportedly told the officer that the plate was given to him by his grandfather, the owner. After contacting the man’s alleged grandfather on the phone, the report says that the man confirmed he was the employee’s grandfather. He reportedly did not give his grandson the plate but did not want him arrested.

The man who was in the car reportedly, “[did] not possess a valid driver’s license due to multiple suspensions in Florida.” The police report indicates that the car is registered to the man’s wife. The wife reportedly also has several suspensions and does not have a valid tag, registration or insurance.

The car could not be legally moved by the owner, so it was removed from campus by a tow truck.

The owner of the stolen tag refused prosecution and the case was cleared.

Bust the windows out ya car (like the song.. maybe)

An officer was dispatched to Lot 55 in response to a report of property damage to a rental car on Sept. 19.

An Outtakes employee said he parked his rental car in the northwest side of the lot around 5 p.m. Sept. 18. He came back to the car around 3:40 a.m. on Sept. 19 and reportedly found the car with the front passenger door window broken.

The police report states nothing was disturbed inside and nothing was missing. The surrounding area was checked and no other vehicles were found damaged.

“…On ya car”

A student reported to UNFPD that, on Sept. 19, she had parked her car in Garage 44 on the second level next to a silver car.

According to the police report, “[the student] parked over the dividing lines between spaces, infringing on the silver vehicle’s parking space.”

She was reportedly in a hurry and did not have time to reposition her car.

When she returned to her car, the police report stated she found a white paper on the windshield that read, “You F****** Suck @ Parking -Hope you like the D*** on Ya Car.”

According to the report, there was a key scratch of a penis on the passenger side door and the rear passenger side door had a long key scratch line, as well.

When she arrived home, she reportedly contacted the authorities. She contacted also her car insurance company who quoted the damage to cost around $999.00, according to the police report.

Patrol efforts were suspended.

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