NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — ODU Police are seeking the community’s help in identifying one individual who they believe was involved in an incident that resulted in multiple door and window panels at the university’s bookstore being destroyed.
According to authorities, the incident occurred at the bookstore on Monarch Way on August 29.
ODU Police say a man wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt and light-colored shorts can be seen on surveillance video walking up to the door at the campus book store and breaking several glass window panes.
They say the suspect didn’t get inside and nothing was taken, but later they found photos of the suspect and another man wearing military attire walking into a nearby drug store to buy first aid supplies. Police don’t believe the second person is involved in the vandalism, but believe he could help.
“We don’t know that the second individual had anything to do with the actual destruction of property, but we do think they have information that is vital to the identity of this person in the investigation,” said Interim Chief of Police, Garrett Shelton.
Photos acquired by 10 On Your Side’s Kiahnna Patterson showed shards of broken glass spread on the ground below the damaged entrance doors of the bookstore. There’s also a photo of the alleged suspects. One of them could be seen wearing what appears to be a military uniform.
Authorities say they are also looking for a suspect vehicle depicted as a red/maroon Dodge Charger.
Police say they believe one individual “significantly injured himself” in the incident, from glass shards.
ODU has 2,500 security cameras on campus. They say the footage proves to be very valuable when something like this happens. Interim Chief Shelton says they haven’t seen a big increase in crime on campus, but have seen more action in the areas surrounding it.
But as much as they want to know who this individual is, their bigger question is why.
“In the seven years I’ve been here, we haven’t had this type of vandalism so it’s highly unusual. We certainly want to figure out who did it but also why it happened,” said Shelton.
If you have any information about this case, you can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.
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