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PSU Police warns of alleged parking scam, local lot owner says there may be explanation

Lot across from school starts charging

PITTSBURG, Kan. - On August 19th, Pittsburg State University Police posted a warning to students saying they had gotten a call about someone claiming to be with university police and collecting parking fees on a private lot.

Stu Hite, Pitt State University Police Chief: "We've looked into that matter, and we hope that we've gotten it taken care of."

Pitt State University Police Chief Stu Hite didn't confirm where that alleged scam happened or if it involved a student. 

Hite: "It was an off campus lot. I don't want to say one way or another where it was.. but there's only so many lots surrounding campus, so people can probably figure that out."

One of those lots is right across the street from the school on South Broadway Street. 

According to the Crawford County clerks office, the lot is owned by AKCC Management LP out of Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Property Manager David Bastain says they just leased the lot to another company, and that company just started charging two dollars for people who aren't going to one of the businesses to park. 

The manager for that company didn't talk to us on camera -- or give us his name -- but claims they had to tow a car for non payment and thinks that's where the call to PSU PD came from. 

Something that Hite did not confirm. 

Hite: "That's totally within their rights to charge to park, but since it's not Pittsburg State University property, we really have no say in that.

The university is now encouraging students to leave for school early so they can park on campus. 

Hite: "Please take advantage of the parking. We patrol that, we monitor that. We have adequate parking here on the campus of Pittsburg State University. And you know, once you take a chance and go off campus, you loose that advantage."

Hite wants to remind students that they will never be approach by someone with university police because they pay for their parking at the beginning of the year.

He also encourages students to call campus police if they are asked to pay parking by someone claiming to be with the university. 

 

 

 

 

 

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