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LOCK YOUR DOORS: Parking Permits Stolen From Parked Cars

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The lot where Lee believes her parking permit was stolen from her parked car. (University of Miami Admissions/Flikr Commons)

Last month two UM parking decals were stolen from parked cars. Nothing other than the decals hanging from the rear view mirrors were stolen. The doors might have been left unlocked.

Twenty-one-year old Alyssan Style parked her black Nissan Sentra in the lot outside the School of Communication at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday October 9th. When she returned to her car at 2:30 p.m. the driver’s side door was left slightly open. It wasn’t until 5 p.m. Tuesday October 15th Style noticed her parking pass was not hanging from the rear view mirror.

According to the police report, “a check of the diver’s side door by [the officer] revealed marks on top of the driver’s door. It appears that an unknown person used a coat hanger or another style tool to open the driver’s door.”

Thirty-two-year-old Tanice Lee works at the Mahoney Pearson Dining Hall. On Friday October 18th at 12:30 p.m. Lee’s coworker noticed there was a parking citation on Lee’s gray Neon Dodge. Lee then went to her car and realized her parking decal was missing. She recalls it hanging from her rear view mirror at 6 a.m. that day when she parked it in the lot behind the dining hall.

According to the police report, “the vehicle door was open when [Lee] returned to the vehicle and [she] does not recall if she locked the doors. The UM parking decal was the only item missing from the vehicle.”

In both cases crime scene was not notified due to contamination.

Since Style parked in the lot outside the School of Communication it is believed she had a red parking permit. The report values it at $400. Since Lee parked outside the Mahoney-Pearson Dining Hall it is believed she had a white parking permit. The report values it at only $40 (but this might be a typo).

There might be other victims who haven’t realized their permits are missing. This post will be updated if similar reports are filed.

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