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Series of burglaries happen at Fountain Apartments near UWF
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office is looking for a person of interest in connection with a series of burglaries at the Fountain Apartments on University Parkway.
All the thefts happened last month. Investigators are looking for the pictured man. Deputies want to question this man and believe he may know something about these burglaries. If you have any information, call crimestoppers at 433-STOP.
Staff here at the Fountain Apartments sent a notice to residents, asking them to lock their car doors and be on the look out. It's been the talk of this apartment complex, which is mostly occupied by college students.
Madison Louviere just moved into the Fountain Apartments a few weeks ago with her roommate Javien Ramos. It's their first time away from home. Both are freshmen at UWF. But after living here for only a few days, someone broke into Louviere's car.
"Came down the next morning and the middle console was opened.... and I know I didn't do that."
Luckily, it was an old laptop that didn't work. But Louviere says other students have had valuables stolen.
"People taking credit cards, firearms and people working together to sell those things after they've retrieved them."
The Fountain Apartments are a college community. 95 percent of the residents attend UWF.
"You would think with it being right next to campus even though it's not on campus," Ramos said.
Ramos says a resident here went door-to-door, asking people to sign a petition for more security. Currently, a deputy has been patrolling the complex at night.
But Ramos says it's not enough and is taking her own precautions.
"We all park near our windows or if we hear any noises."
It's not the experience these two students expected to have as freshmen in college.
"It's scary.. that's not a good start to it," Madison said.