Timely Warning-Gainesville

Published: January 6th, 2023

Category: Timely Warning-Gainesville

Timely Warning (23-01 UPDATE)
Clery Crime: Burglary

Under the Clery Act, the University of Florida issues Timely Warning messages regarding Clery Act crimes which pose a serious and continuing threat to the campus community.

This message is an update to the Timely Warning message (23-01) that was sent on December 4, 2023. The UF community was notified of a suspect who burglarized 1235 SW 9th Avenue. The Gainesville Police Department identified Eric Raymond Burns (10/31/80) as the suspect thanks to a RTS bus driver who quickly recognized him from the surveillance video. Burns has been arrested and booked into the Alachua County Jail on charges of burglary and petit theft.

We want to thank the UF community, especially those who came forward, in assisting GPD in their investigation. Your support led to this successful arrest and to the continued safety of our campus.

The University of Florida strongly believes that no person is responsible for harm inflicted by another person.

Criminal incidents can be reported to UF CSAs who are designated, trained, and mandatory reporters under the Clery Act when victims chose not to report to law enforcement.

Reporting to law enforcement is encouraged by calling 9-1-1 or through the GatorSafe app.

Be sure to lock up your vehicles, residential hall rooms, and offices when you leave. Remove any valuables from sight or take them with you when you leave.

Do not allow anyone to follow you in to your residential hall or a secured area as you enter and secure spaces that are unoccupied to reduce the risk of a crime of opportunity.

Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance.

Information for support resources, services and programs at the University of Florida can be found at:
https://police.ufl.edu/clery/victim-resources/

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