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In the wake of SMU Police Department’s report of three vehicle and six bicycle thefts, three more reports emerged over the weekend as police continue to search for suspects.

A student reported his vehicle was stolen from the Dyer Court lot, bringing the total of stolen cars to four.

“We’re working with Dallas PD in regards to the automobile thefts and we do have some suspects,” Rick Shafer, SMU police chief, said. “We did make some stops on Thursday that resulted in an arrest in the form of a warrant, but there’s no proof there’s a thief.”

As of Sept.16, SMU PD reported several vehicle and bicycle thefts occurring at various campus locations over the span of 10 days.

In a police report issued last week, SMU PD reported three vehicles were stolen with a fourth attempt to steal another between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Three of the vehicles in the report were Chevrolet Tahoes. The fourth vehicle was a Chevrolet Silverado truck.

The car thefts occurred in the South Quad parking lot near McElvaney Hall, in front of the Kappa Sigma fraternity house and in front of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house.

Suspects may have been driving a black Chevrolet SS Blazer with black rims and red trim, according to the police report.

“There is a chance that particular car could have been stolen, so they may not necessarily be in that car,” Shafer said.

Along with the four vehicle thefts, eight bicycles have now been reported stolen from seven different rack locations.

Mary Hay Hall, Shuttles Hall, Cockrell McIntosh Hall, SMU’s Service House, the Owen Fine Arts Center, the Cox School of Business and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports have all reported bicycle thefts over the 10-day period.”We have a suspect,” Shafer said of the numerous bicycle thefts. “We’ve had a guy that we’ve probably arrested four times in the past, and when he gets out of jail he tends to come back and steal bikes from us. He sells them or pawns them off to support his drug habit.” While Shafer is not certain that this man is the thief, SMU PD has been watchful for the man. “We’re on the look out for him,” Shafer said. “All of our guys know who he is.”

SMU PD are asking students to lock their cars, store their valuables out of view and to also secure bikes with a U-lock.

SMU PD is asking anyone with information to contact them at 214-768-3333.

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