By Alice Phillips
Vandals smashed in the passenger-side windows of Faith Chungâs â10 Mercedes-Benz SUV, Tyler Greenoâs â12 Volkswagon Passat and Michael Kaganâs â12 Mercedes-Benz on Coldwater Canyon on Friday, May 14.
Chungâs Garmin GPS and Greenoâs Kenwood GPS were ripped from their carsâ dashboards, where they had been installed in plain sight. Kagan did not have a GPS, but the vandals took the radio that was built in to his center console.
Greeno said that a phone charger and several pairs of sunglasses in his car were left untouched even though the vandals could have seen them while stealing his GPS.
After the students reported that their cars had been broken into, the schoolâs security team documented the incidents.
Green continued to park on Coldwater after the incident.
“I doubt itâll happen again,” he said.
“I try not to park on Coldwater now and park in Upper St. Michaelâs instead.” Chung said, “But [when I have to park on Coldwater I donât mind] because, now that my GPS is gone, I donât have anything valuable in my car.”
On March 17, two studentsâ cars were broken into. The vandals in that incident also broke in the carsâ passenger-side windows and ripped out the GPS devices on the carsâ dashboards.
Head of Security Jim Crawford said that students should hide any valuables when they park their cars, especially in our neighborhood.
“There are always a few car thefts on Coldwater every year,” Crawford said. He said that because of the nature of the surrounding neighborhoods, petty theft is to be expected, especially outside a school, where vandals know that students may not think to hide their valuables.