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Robbers strike again at UCF-area complex
This time, students are bound with duct tape.
Published November 17, 2007
ORLANDO - Armed robbers tied three UCF students with duct tape Thursday while they ransacked their university-area apartment.
Last week, four female students in the same student-apartment complex locked themselves in a bedroom while armed robbers pilfered laptops and cell phones.
In Thursday's incident, Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies said the three men were at their Jefferson Village apartment, off Orpington Street just south of the University of Central Florida, when someone knocked on the door.
One of the victims answered the door and found two men armed with a shotgun.
The intruders tied the students with duct tape and robbed them of laptops and cell phones.
On Nov. 5, four women living in the Jefferson Village apartments locked themselves in a bedroom after armed robbers barged in and held them at gunpoint.
One of the women called for help by instant-messaging a friend via laptop.
Since August, there have been two home invasions, two residential burglaries and four auto burglaries at the Jefferson Village apartments, sheriff's records show.
But Jefferson Village is not the only student-apartment complex targeted by criminals.
Sheriff's deputies received a total of 230 calls in the last four months from other student-apartments in that area.
Most of the calls dealt with residential and auto burglaries, but deputies also responded to several home invasions and armed robberies.