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University of North Texas officials are investigating an incident in which 19 cars owned by players were broken into or vandalized late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

University of North Texas police are investigating an incident that took place late Thursday night or early Friday morning in which 19 cars owned by members of the school’s football team were broken into or vandalized, university officials confirmed Monday.

The cars were parked in a lot off Bonnie Brae Street near the North Texas Soccer and Track & Field Stadium.

The UNT Police Department hadn’t yet completed a report on the incident by Monday afternoon, but university spokesperson Leigh Anne Gullett confirmed that several cars had windows broken and some had items taken from them.

The incident took place after UNT’s coaches and players left for their team hotel before the Mean Green’s game against Marshall University on Friday night at Apogee Stadium.

UNT’s coaches and players spend the night before home games at a hotel, where they conduct meetings and prepare for the following day’s game.

UNT tight end Jason Pirtle posted a note on his Twitter account indicating his car was among those vandalized.

“To the person who broke into my car, i don’t got AC anyways so i I’m used to driving with my window down,” Pirtle wrote.

Pirtle posted his message at 2:37 a.m. Saturday. UNT’s game against Marshall ended at 9:35 p.m. Friday. The Mean Green fell to the Thundering Herd 49-21 and dropped to 1-5 on the season.

Gullett said UNT asks anyone with information on the incident to contact university police.

A UNT official said late Monday afternoon that the school is looking to increase security measures following the incident.

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

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