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March 3, 2005

SCAM ALERT

The stereo speaker scam is back in the area. First reported on 2-28-05 when a student had a grey sport utility vehicle approach him in the 2900 block of Guadalupe Street. One of the occupants, a white male subject, told the student he had some stereos he could not "take back to work" and offered to sell the speakers to the student. This scam has happened around the UT campus in the past. Do not fall victim to it! 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. The Theft by Deception case below has more details.

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

Occurred between 3-1-05 at 8:00 a.m. and 3-2-05 at 2:00 p.m.

Theft: Three prescription medication bottles containing Xanax, HZCT and Topamas were stolen from inside a 3rd floor office after being left unsecured inside a purse.

Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, #2 West Mall

Occurred on 3-02-05 between 3:00 p.m. and 9:48 p.m.

Graffiti: Red and black indelible markers were used to write words and draw pictures in two locations inside the first floor men's rest room. Loss value: $100.00.

Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway

Occurred on 3-1-05 between 1:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Theft: A black leather checkbook containing $80.00 in US currency and a variety of credit cards was stolen from a 9th floor office. The checkbook was removed from inside a purse that had been left under a desk while the UT staff member went down the hall for a few minutes. Loss value $90.00.

Russell A. Steindam Hall, #7 East Mall

Occurred between 3-1-05 at 6:00 p.m. and 3-2-05 at 6:00 a.m.

Criminal Mischief: Photographs along with captions were removed from a bulletin board located on the ground floor. A white marker was then used to draw a line down the length of the bulletin board. Loss value $20.00.

2000 Block Speedway

Occurred on 3-2-05 at 7:30 p.m.

Theft by Deception: A UT student was stopped by two subjects in a Chevy Trail Blazer. The subjects offered the student a great deal on a set of Dahlton speakers due to a miscommunication with their boss. The student was told the Dahlton speakers were valued at $1000.00 but they would sell them to him for $200.00 due to the mistake. The student paid $200.00 then discovered the speakers were only worth $50.00. The subjects are described as follows:

  • First Subject: White Male, mid 20's, 6'0", 160 lbs, Medium Build, Wearing a blue striped shirt and a blue baseball cap.
  • Second Subject: Hispanic Male, mid 20's,(never got out of vehicle), Medium Build, Wearing a white baseball cap

Parking Lot 116, 2900 Block North IH-35

Occurred on 3-3-05 at 2:55 a.m.

Public Intoxication: A UT staff member was observed staggering and swaying as he was walking through the DEV Parking Lot. When stopped, officers detected a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Noncriminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, UTPD responded to 8 alarm calls, 3 unsecured door report, 2 suspicious activity reports, 3 suspicious persons reports,1 collision report, and 1 medical emergency call between 3-2-05 and 3-3-05.