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September 19, 2003

FRAUD ALERT

The following information was forwarded to this agency through the Silent Witness program: On 9-17-03 at 5:20 pm, two individuals in a newer model white Mercury Mountaineer (Nevada License Plate) approached a UT student at Guadalupe and 24th Street and told the student a stereo company accidentally gave them an extra set of home stereo speakers that were worth "thousands of dollars." The subjects wanted to sell the speakers to the student. The student wisely refused the sale.

This is a popular scam where the seller places fake speakers inside a brand name speaker box and attempts to sell the speaker as the brand name speaker. If you are approached with this scam on campus, contact the University Police Department at 471-4441.

Graduate School of Business, 100 West 21st Street

Occurred on 9-18-03 between 10:30 p.m. and 12 midnight.

Theft: A Dell Latitude laptop computer was stolen from a 4th floor study room while it was left on a table for more than an hour. The owner believed the computer would not be stolen because the study room has UT identification card reader access doors and has a surveillance camera by the entrance. Loss value: $1,000.00.

O. Henry Hall, 601 Colorado

Occurred on 9-19-03 between 2:20 a.m. and 2:47 a.m.

Graffiti: A blue paint pen was used to write unreadable "gang-style" words on a stairwell retaining wall located on the south side of the building. Removal cost: $100.00.

Perry-Castañeda Library, 101 East 21st Street

Occurred on 9-17-03 between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Theft: A black leather laptop case containing a laptop power cord and a "Net Gear" wireless card were stolen from a study table on the 3rd floor. Loss value: $45.00.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred on 9-17-03 between 3:15 p.m. and 5:24 p.m.

Theft: A blue Jansport backpack containing a blue Iomega zip disk and three textbooks was stolen from an unsecured 3rd floor room while the owner slept in a chair located inside the room. Loss value: $140.00.