crime alert

The release sent to students Aug. 31.

A vehicle theft and a vehicle break-in were announced by Missouri State University’s Office of University Safety on Saturday.

Students received an email shortly after 4 p.m. detailing not one, but two events involving two different cars on the campus.

According to the release, an MSU student left their vehicle in Lot 31 — east of Juanita K. Hammons Hall — on Aug. 27 and locked it. That student did not return to the vehicle until Aug. 30 and realized it was missing.

The student reported the vehicle missing to the university on the evening of Aug. 30, according to the release.

The next day, on Aug. 31, another student reported their vehicle had been tampered with in Lot 15, which is located east of JQH Arena.

The student had previously parked and locked the vehicle on Aug. 24 and returned Aug. 31 to find it had been broken into.

“(The) vehicle was broken into and … the ignition was tampered with,” the release said. “These incidents are being investigated by the Springfield Police Department.”

In light of these crimes, the university has reminded students to always lock their vehicles and remove important items from parked cars.

To report suspicious activity, members of the university community may call University Safety at 417-836-5509.

Sarah is The Standard's 2019-2020 Editor in Chief. She has a background in editing, writing, radio and photography. She spent the 2018-2019 school year in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.