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February 28, 2005

SCAM ALERT

The stereo speaker scam may be back in the area. A student reported a grey sport utility vehicle approached him in the 2900 block of Guadalupe Street. One of the occupants, a white male subject, told the student he had some stereo speakers he could not "take back to work" and offered to sell them to the student. This scam has happened in and around the UT campus in the past. A student is frequently shown demo speakers and asked to purchase new speakers that are in their original sales box. When the student gets home with their new speakers, they find out the speaker box is hollow and does not contain the speakers. Do not fall victim to this scam! If a deal sounds too good to be true then it probably is. You should never buy high end video, audio, or electronic equipment from someone on the street.

Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center, 1701 Red River

Occurred on 2-25-05 at 9:00 p.m.

Public Intoxication (2 Counts): Two non-UT subjects were found attempting to climb over a retaining fence dividing the spectator stands and the participants of a sporting event. Both subjects were found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point they were a physical endangerment to themselves or others.

Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center, 1701 Red River

Occurred on 2-25-05 at 9:00 p.m.

Public Intoxication: A non-UT subject was found "passed out" on the stairs leading to seats in section 33. The subject was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point he was a physical endangerment to himself.

Graduate School of Business, 100 West 21st Street

Occurred on 2-25-05 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Criminal Mischief: The doors to three different day-use lockers were damaged by what appeared to have been a tool used to pry on the locker door hinges. One of the doors had been completely removed and placed inside the locker. At this time, it is unknown if any items had been stolen from any of the lockers. Repair cost: $250.00.

Graduate School of Business, 100 West 21st Street

Occurred on 2-25-05 at 6:50 p.m.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was found in a 3rd floor area that was reserved for faculty, staff and students. The subject was there to recruit students for a job soliciting other students with credit card applications. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Harry Ransom Center, 300 West 21st Street

Occurred on 2-27-05 at 3:10 p.m.

Criminal Trespass (3 counts): Three non-UT subjects were stopped and verbally warned for performing bicycle stunts while on the East Mall earlier in the day. After leaving the campus, the three subjects returned and began to perform bicycle stunts on the plaza on the east side of the Harry Ransom Center. The same police officer who had verbally warned the subjects earlier in the day responded to the Harry Ransom Center. All three subjects were issued written criminal trespass warnings.

Beauford H. Jester Center West, 210 East 21st Street

Occurred on 2-26-05 at 1:36 a.m.

Public Intoxication / Failure to Identify: A UT police officer observed a female student being carried up the stairs leading to the west entrance of the dormitory. While at the top of the stairs, the female student fell down. The student initially provided the officer with a fictitious name and date of birth. Even the fictitious date of birth did not make the student 21 years of age or older. The student was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point she was a physical endangerment to herself.

Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Center, 2015 San Jacinto Blvd.

Occurred on 2-27-05 at 8:30 a.m.

Theft / Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was observed using a pair of bolt cutters to cut a chain lock securing a maroon Raleigh M-40 bicycle to a bicycle rack on the south side of the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center. The subject was found to be in possession of several cutting tools that are commonly used to cut cable and chain locks and also had several intact cable locks. In addition to other law enforcement action taken, the subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning. Currently, the owner of the Raleigh bicycle has not come forward to report the theft of the bicycle. If you are the owner of a Raleigh M-40 bicycle and last secured your bicycle to a rack on the south side of the Moncreif-Neuhaus Athletic Center, then check on your bicycle immediately. If your bicycle has been stolen, contact the University Police Department at 471-4441. Recovered value: $350.00.

Perry-Castañeda Library, 101 East 21st Street

Occurred between 2-14-05 and 2-27-05 at 4:00 p.m.

Criminal Mischief: On several occurrences, an unidentified subject(s) has removed the books from the library shelves located on the 4th and 6th floors and stacked the books on the floor.

Perry-Castañeda Library, 101 East 21st Street

Occurred on 2-26-05 at 8:50 p.m.

Assault / Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject followed two UT students from a business located at 21st Street and Guadalupe Street to the Perry-Castañeda Library Plaza while yelling "are you talking to me, girls" at the students. While on the plaza, the subject spit in the face of one of the students. The subject had previously been issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, #2 West Mall

Occurred on 2-25-05 at 2:00 p.m.

Criminal Mischief: A UT student tore the front cover off a library magazine and attempted to exit the library with the magazine when the theft prevention security system activated. The student stated he needed an article from the magazine for a class, but did not have enough money to make a copy of the article. Replacement cost: $3.95.

Pharmacy Building, 2409 University

Occurred between 2-24-05 at 4:00 p.m. and 2-25-05 at 7:50 a.m.

Theft: A silver and black 7 inch circular saw was stolen from an unsecured 3rd floor women's restroom. Loss value: $75.00.

600 East Martin Luther King Blvd.

Occurred on 2-26-05 at 3:00 a.m.

Driving While Intoxicated: A non-UT subject was stopped for disregarding a red light and speeding while driving a 1993 Jeep Cherokee. Evidence of an extreme involuntary physical reaction to the over consumption of an alcoholic beverage was found running down the external side of the driver's door. The subject was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point he was driving while intoxicated.

2200 Inner Campus Drive

Occurred on 2-26-05 at 7:25 a.m.

Public Intoxication: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was found walking down the street wearing only his "underwear and glasses." The student did not know where he had left his clothes or where he had been that evening. The subject was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point he was a physical endangerment to himself.

1900 San Jacinto Blvd.

Occurred on 2-26-05 at 1:10 a.m.

Public Intoxication / Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: Three UT students were found on the west side of the roadway. One of the students, who was under the age of 21, was found on her hands and knees while exhibiting an extreme involuntary physical reaction to the over consumption of an alcoholic beverage. That student was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point Austin-Travis County EMS transported her to a local hospital for treatment of alcohol poisoning. One of the other three subjects was also under the age of 21 and was found to have consumed an alcoholic beverage.

2100 Speedway

Occurred on 2-27-05 at 12:02 a.m.

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor (2 counts): A non-UT subject and a UT student were observed assisting another non-UT subject as they walked along the roadway. Both of the non-UT subjects were found to be under the age of 21 and had been consuming alcoholic beverages.

21st Street and San Jacinto Blvd.

Occurred on 2-26-05 at 2:17 a.m.

Driving Under the influence by a Minor: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was stopped for driving a 1995 Nissan 4-door with one headlamp out. The student was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages.

21st Street and San Jacinto Blvd.

Occurred on 2-26-05 at 2:30 a.m.

Public Intoxication: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was found sitting at a bus stop "hunched over" while exhibiting an extreme involuntary physical reaction to the over consumption of an alcoholic beverage. The student stated she was having difficulty "sneezing." The student was found to have consumed alcohol to the point she was a danger to herself.

200 East 21st Street

Occurred on 2-27-05 at 2:35 a.m.

Public Intoxication (3 counts): Two UT students and a non-UT subject were observed traveling down the sidewalk near the roadway. The two students needed to lean against each other for support as they "staggered." The non-UT subject walked behind a dumpster and unzipped his zipper. The non-UT subject stated he was not urinating, but only "exposing himself." All three subjects were found to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages to the point they were each a danger to themselves.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Noncriminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, UTPD responded to 36 alarm calls — 13 of which were unfounded "Police Help" callbox alarms, 6 unsecured door reports, 3 medical emergency calls, 4 collision reports, 4 suspicious activity reports and 8 public assist calls between 2-25-05 and 2-28-05.