VCU Police arrest suspected car thief

(Tajon Baskerville, of Fredericksburg, was arrested in connection with a car theft that happened Friday on VCU's Monroe Park campus)
(Tajon Baskerville, of Fredericksburg, was arrested in connection with a car theft that happened Friday on VCU's Monroe Park campus)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The VCU Police Department arrested a man Saturday in connection with a car theft that occurred on the university’s campus Friday.

Tajon R. Baskerville of Fredericksburg was arrested and charged with grand larceny Saturday for the alleged theft of a red Nissan Sentra from in front of a dormitory on VCU’s campus.

The incident occurred Friday when the car’s owner briefly parked the car in front of the VCU Honors Dormitory before running inside and coming back out. When they returned, a man who police say was Baskerville was seen entering the vehicle and driving off.

VCU Police then notified local police agencies and using security camera footage, were able to generate images of the suspect.

Shortly thereafter, Henrico Police located the stolen vehicle with the suspect inside. VCU police responded and arrested the suspect.

VCU Police continue to investigate the incident and additional charges may be sought.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smartphone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.

The VCU Police would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of living in an urban environment.  Crimes may occur in our community. The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. A few key reminders:

Motor vehicle Theft:

•    LOCK YOUR CAR! 80% of stolen cars are unlocked.
•    Never leave valuables in sight. Secure laptops, GPS devices, purses, book bags, and anything else of value in the trunk of your vehicle or take these items with you when you leave your vehicle.
•    Consider an antitheft device.
•    Make sure you keep spare car keys at home and not hidden in your car. They can be found.
•    Park in well-lighted, busy areas.
•    Never leave your car unattended and running, especially at a convenience store.

VCU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this safety information with other members of the community and are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Use the campus RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. by calling (804) 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.

Students, faculty, staff and citizens of Richmond are asked to report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police immediately.

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