Within the past few weeks, several cars in
parking lots around campus have been broken
into, resulting in damages and stolen property
in most cases and outright auto theft in one
case. No arrests have been made in response
to these crimes.
According to a media crime report, the first incident
occurred on September 12, sometime between
7:30 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The car was parked
at the University Commons and suffered some
damage as a result.
Four other cases occurred on September 15, according
to the media crime report. The first was
believed to have occurred between 9:45 a.m. and
11:22 a.m. in J Lot. The car was broken into and
had some property stolen. The next car involved
was parked in S Lot and was broken into sometime
between 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. later that
evening. Property was also stolen from this car.
Two other vehicles were victimized at Colony
Manor. The first theft occurred sometime between
7:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. The second car
didn’t have anything stolen from it, but a window
was smashed between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
the next morning.
The stolen property included a wallet, a stereo,
and a radar detector, according to Director of
Public Safety Chris Denninger.
On September 18, a car belonging to RIT student
Blake Deberto was actually stolen. “I just
went outside to go to my car to go to the store,
and I was just walking down the sidewalk, and
it wasn’t there,” said Deberto. His initial reaction
was “disbelief... Maybe I just parked in a
different spot, maybe I’m just not looking at it
right,” but after searching for ten minutes in the
Southeast Perkins lot, Deberto realized that his
car was gone.
After alerting Public Safety, Deberto’s case was
deferred to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
As of yet, his car has not been returned.
There is one possible suspect to the cases.
According to Denninger, one individual was
apprehended by the Monroe County Sheriff’s
Department for theft at Park Point two weeks
ago. “We feel pretty confident that that person
was involved,” said Denninger, “but we have no
solid evidence.” The suspect has not confessed to
any of the incidents at RIT, but after this person
was apprehended, Denniger noted, the auto
However, if more auto break-ins do occur,
Denninger said that Public Safety will “size up
the data” they receive from reports, looking for
possible patterns. “If a pattern occurs during these
times and days [the incidents happen], we bolster
security during those times,” said Denninger.
Denninger also offered some advice. “If people
have things like a GPS, stereo, or radar, keep it
out of sight.” He added that if thieves don’t spot
valuable objects through a window, they tend to
move on. Denninger asked that if any suspicious
activity is seen in parking lots, such as someone
walking around inspecting cars, or a car repeatedly
driving around empty spaces, to inform
Public Safety. Public Safety’s Emergency Line can
be reached at (585)-475-3333 (v/tty). “If someone
takes note of suspicious behavior, we’ll go over
and check it out,” said Denninger.