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May 6, 2004

CRIME/SCAM ALERT

A pair of individuals have commit thefts in public schools along the IH-35 Corridor. The pair dress in similar shirts and represent themselves as working for a repair company. The two enter the school's administration office and advise they were sent to repair computer equipment. Once the two are directed to the school's computer lab, they proceed to commit thefts. The two are described as:

  • A white male in his 20’s with auburn/red hair wearing a blue polo style shirt with a red logo.
  • A Hispanic male in his 20’s wearing a blue polo style shirt with a red logo.

At this time, there is no evidence that the subjects have committed similar thefts from college campuses. However, similar scams have occurred on our campus in the past. We have had thieves dress like construction workers, custodial staff members and business professionals in an effort to commit thefts around campus. Be inquisitive about people in your building. If you believe someone is in an area they should not be in, then call the police department at 471-4441. By marking your department's equipment with your department's name, you make the equipment more difficult to resell or pawn. You can mark the property with an electric engraver (UTPD will loan you one free of charge) or with a permanent marker. Make sure your department rooms and offices have adequate alarm coverage.

Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, Building C, 2504 Whitis Avenue

Occurred on 5-5-04 between 9:30 a.m. and 1:40 p.m.

Theft: A brown bi-fold wallet containing $262.00 and various credit and identification cards was stolen from a purse that was left in an unsecured 3rd floor office. The wallet was later turned into the department's lost and found. The cash was stolen from the wallet. Loss value: $262.00.

Beauford H. Jester Center East, 203 East 23rd Street

Occurred on 5-4-04 between 12 noon and 10:00 p.m.

Burglary: Four textbooks were stolen from the floor of an unsecured 2nd floor dormitory room. Loss value: $240.00.

Geology Building, #10 East Mall

Occurred between 5-4-04 at 2:10 p.m. and 5-5-04 at 9:30 a.m.

Theft: A 6" black laser pointer that emits a green laser beam was stolen from an unsecured 4th floor room. Loss value: $50.00.

Living Learning Center, 2610 Whitis Avenue

Occurred on 5-2-04 between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor (2 Counts) / Reckless Damage: Two UT students, who were under the age of 21, began to wrestle with each other while "horse playing." The two students lost their balance and fell on a 7' long wooden bench located in the courtyard. The students admitted that their combined weight caused the bench to break. The students admitted to having consumed alcoholic beverages that had impaired their judgment. Replacement cost: $200.00.

Parking Lot 37, 2200 Red River

Occurred on 5-5-04 between 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 p.m.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: An unknown brand stereo was stolen from a black 2000 Ford Escort while it was parked on the east side of the Parking Lot. The owner left the doors secured and the windows "cracked" to allow heat to escape the vehicle. Loss value is undetermined at this time.

2200 San Jacinto Blvd.

Occurred on 5-5-04 at 3:12 a.m.

Assist Outside Agency: A UT student was stopped for disregarding a stop sign while driving a 1990 Honda. The student was found to have an outstanding outside agency arrest warrant for a traffic violation.

West Mall

Occurred on 5-5-04 at 4:10 p.m.

Criminal Trespass (2 Counts) / Assist Outside Agency: Two non-UT subjects were found soliciting signatures for a petition, a violation of UT Regents' Rules and Regulations concerning solicitation. One of the subjects was found to have an outstanding outside agency arrest warrant for a probation violation. In addition to other law enforcement action taken, both subjects were issued written criminal trespass warnings.