This archived article was written by: Stevie Snyder
College of Eastern Utah’s new Visa card was put to a test last
weekend when burglars broke into a car, stole a wallet containing the
card and used the better part of the $1,100 on it within hours.
A CEU student and his girlfriend were staying with his grandparents
in West Valley City, Utah, when two burglars broke
his side window into his car parked in a driveway and stole
some of the items early Sunday morning. Th e items taken
were their coats, and a Playstation portable. Whoever stole
the coats just happened to get lucky because the student’s
wallet was in the pocket.
Inside the wallet were five-credit cards, including
a CEU student debit card containing the student’s
tuition for a total of $1,100, his social security card
and $80 in cash which the student never carries. It had
happened to be his birthday weekend and he hadn’t
deposited the money he had received as gifts. By the
time the student woke up, a $25 balance was left on the CEU debit
card. Luckily, the cards are Visa brand and the company guarantees
to reimburse the stolen money so the student was not responsible for
paying his tuition.
Whoever broke into the car was very busy that night; they went
to many Wal-Marts across the Salt Lake area, Walgreens, A 24-hour
Auto Zone, many automated teller machines and gas stations and a
local grocery store. Th ey also tried to use the card at Wal-mart.com
and were unsuccessful because they did not have a security code
which was on the back of the card.
If this ever happens to you there are many steps you need to follow.
First, call the police to report the crime, next, write down an
inventory of what was stolen and an estimated price (If
the person stole over $500 worth it is considered
a felony), also include an inventory of your wallet
so you can make sure you don’t forget any card that
was in it. You then need to call all of your credit
card companies to notify them of the stolen cards so
they will not hold you responsible for the fraudulent
Another procedure you need to do if you would like your
items replaced is contact your home owner’s insurance, it
should cover your personal property. If any damage was caused to your
car, you may also need to contact your car insurance to fi le a claim
in order for your damage to be repaired. It is also suggested never to
leave expensive items visible in cars overnight because someone might
break into your car to acquire the items for themselves.