ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The University of Central Florida Police Department is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins that occurred near Lake Clair Apartments.
Johnathan Germain was studying when a friend called him Tuesday morning to tell him somebody broke into his car.
“It looks to me like they just kind of smashed the window and the alarm scared him off,” explained Germain. "I was just like ‘I can’t believe this happened."
But it did, overnight, to at least 30 cars parked at the apartments on campus, and nearby Greek houses, according to UCF Police.
Storm Bremen found out during a test Tuesday morning that his locked truck was hit, too. He says somebody stole his $700 sneakers, $500 camera, $350 camera lens, and $150 in cash.
"They knew what they were doing," Bremen explained. "They hit the corners of the windows, rather than trying to hit the middle."
Police said they found tools at the complex they believe the bad guys may have used. They say a Good Samaritan saw the break-ins happening around 3 a.m. and called the cops.
The suspects fled from UCF PD in a vehicle that was reported stolen out of Orange County. That vehicle crashed near Rouse Road, and the suspects ran from the crash, said police. Police were not able to locate them., but they said they did recover tools believed to be used by the suspects at the apartments.
According to police, the break-ins fit a pattern of similar crimes that have been happening across Central Florida. UCF Police says this one-location crime wave looks similar to another last month, where at least 35 cars were broken into at and near Florida Hospital near Downtown Orlando.
UCF Police says it cannot make a definite connection. In this particular case, there are no suspects yet.
"I wish they would catch these guys. It’s a lot of stress now," McGilbra said.
Tuesday UCF PD was vacuuming up broken glass, and fixing victim’s smashed windows, temporarily, with plastic and tape.
UCF Police on scene told FOX 35 they’re already increasing patrols around the apartment complex and saturating campus parking lots and apartment complexes with extra officers.