Police search for UNF theft suspects

Police say 2 men stole purses, wallets, laptop

Author: Scott Johnson, General assignment reporter, sjohnson@wjxt.com
Elizabeth Berry, Evening assignment manager, beth@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 17 2014 08:58:48 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 17 2014 11:30:34 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

University of North Florida police issued a crime alert to students and personnel on campus Monday.

Police released surveillance images of two men they say stole various credit cards from buildings on campus, and then used the stolen cards at stores around Jacksonville.

Police said the two men were caught on surveillance camera in a local Walmart using cards that were stolen on Feb. 3.

Investigators with campus police believe the suspects stole wallets, a purse and a laptop from three different buildings on campus.

"For someone to be able to do that, they got to be pretty sneaky," said UNF student Hayden Kestle. "Might be a little bit on the teacher because if you know what your class looks like. Someone can come into a lecture hall, sit next to anybody and get into their purse and get up and leave."

Officials are reminding students to keep their belongings safe and not to leave their bags unattended.

Students told Channel 4 Monday night that they feel safe on campus and sometimes people will leave their backpacks or purses lying around unsecured.

"I do, I'm not going to lie," said UNF student Christopher Mayuga. "I put my stuff down, I feel it's pretty safe."

Police don't think the thieves will be back at UNF. Some of the stolen items have already been recovered in Tallahassee; a wallet was found in a parking lot at Florida State.

"I mean, people steal," said UNF student Vanessa Herrema, "and that's kind of something that happens and you have to keep your belongings with you. That's kind of known."

UNF campus police are asking anyone who may recognize the two men or have any other information to contact them at 904-620-2800.