Attempted thieves target campus track

By James Hartley

Three women were accosted about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 on the Eastfield College jogging trail by five teenage boys attempting to steal their cellphones.

Two of the women sustained minor injuries, according to a bulletin from police.

College police declined to comment on the case, stating that it is an ongoing investigation.

However, Sgt. Jose Hernandez provided some tips for students who are planning to use the track.

“Obviously if they’re going to be out and about, we would prefer it be a team effort,” he said.

Hernandez advised students to avoid going to the track after dark and to keep their cellphones handy.

People who spend time at Eastfield should program the campus police phone number into their phones.

A 911 call would be routed to Mesquite police, but campus police could respond faster if alerted first, he said.

Student Ashley Johnston said she hadn’t heard about the attempted robbery.

“It’s something to be concerned about,” she said after a reporter told her about the crime. “We should definitely keep an eye out.”

Johnston added that while the incident should prompt more caution, she isn’t concerned about campus safety.

“I’ve noticed police officers around,” she said. “Everyone seems friendly. I’ve never really felt threatened before. I walk around with my computer and I feel safe.”

Student Daniel McAllister said he would like to see police patrolling the track more often.

McAllister had not heard about the attempted theft and said the college should employ methods other than posting fliers.

Hernandez said police do patrol the campus roads and keep an eye on the track, but if they get stuck at the other side of the grounds on a call, the track may go unmonitored for a time.

Hernandez also advises:

• Don’t go to the track after dark and always go with a friend;

• Save the campus police dispatch number: 972-860-4290;

• Call police to escort you to your car after dark.

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