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Updated: 2/18 6:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of North Florida student Julia Driscoll says she received a crime alert from the university Monday warning students of personal items stolen from rooms on campus.

Action News obtained four police reports from UNF's Police Department.

In them, it references items like a purse, wallet and multiple debit and campus cards that were stolen Feb. 3-4.

"We found out a university card was used at a Walmart on Merrill Road," said UNF Chief of Police Bill Studel.

That's where Strudel said they tracked the stolen cards back to these men.

Strudel said the men were linked to debit cards used in stores in Tallahassee.

But Action News asked Strudel why the crime alert wasn't sent out until more than two weeks later.

"We anticipated that it was local but when they didn't pan out, the detectives weren't too concerned," Strudel said.

Strudel said once they realized the men weren't students, and they had left the area, he didn't think they'd return. He said criminals like these usually move from place to place. Students we spoke to on campus didn't seem worried.

"I go to school here so I find it a little bit of a shocker, but I think you'll find it anywhere," Driscoll said.

Strudel said he took the pictures of the men and sent them to other universities to make them aware of what was going on.

UNF says they aren't increasing police presence, but they have put up messages around campus to remind them to lock their doors and to not leave their items unattended.
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