Later in the day, a student reported that an entire exhaust system was stolen from her car in the same parking lot.
Police sources tell Eyewitness News that crooks are stealing exhaust systems for the catalytic converters. The converters reduce harmful compounds in automobile exhaust like carbon monoxide.
One of the metals used in the process is platinum, and the value of the precious metal has skyrocketed recently.
Authorities say thieves can get $40 to $50 for a converter from an unscrupulous scrap metal dealer.