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April 5, 2005

Gregory Gymnasium, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 4-4-05 between 8:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Theft: $50.00 cash was stolen from a wallet that was left inside a secured locker in the 2nd floor men's locker room. The combination padlock was found inside another unsecured locker.

Crime Prevention Tip

Combination locks can easily be defeated by a thief. A pad lock provides much better security for lockers. You may also want to consider limiting the items you take with you to the gymnasium. Gymnasiums are attractive targets to thieves as many people do not secure their property when they are working out. Thieves also know that when people do work out, they frequently do not pay attention to their unsecured property.

Living Learning Center, 2610 Whitis Avenue

Occurred between 3-27-05 at 7:00 p.m. and 4-4-05 at 3:45 p.m.

Graffiti: Green and red spray paint were used to write an illegible word and draw symbols on a planter box located on the west side of the Living Learning Center. Removal cost: $50.00.

Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, #2 West Mall

Occurred on 4-4-05 at 10:30 a.m.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject activated the anti-theft alarm when he attempted to enter the library. The subject was found to be in possession of a "reference only - do not remove from room" book. The subject stated a friend, who was only identified as "Lisa," asked him to return the book. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway

Occurred between 4-1-05 at 5:00 p.m. and 4-4-05 at 12 noon.

Theft: A Hewlett-Packard color LaserJet transfer kit and a Hewlett Packard color LaserJet fuser kit were stolen from an unsecured 9th floor workroom. Loss value: $380.00.

San Antonio Garage, 2420 San Antonio

Occurred on 4-4-05 between 8:15 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: The left rear window was broken out of a 1995 Suzuki Tracker while it was parked on the west side of the 3rd level of the garage. A black Kelme soccer backpack containing 4 coaching whistles, 1 air pump, 1 first aid kit, 5 ball air pump needles and 40 soccer jerseys was stolen from the vehicle. Repair cost: $150.00. Loss value: $400.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

Though parking garages are not normally the site of motor vehicle burglaries and auto thefts, they do still occur. To protect your vehicle from auto burglaries, never leave anything inside your vehicle. To conceal the type of stereo system you have, place a towel on your dashboard and allow it to drape over the console. To aid in preventing the successful theft of your vehicle from a parking garage facility, never leave your parking garage access card or pay ticket inside your vehicle. This will force an auto thief to run the exit gate or to interact with a parking garage attendant to exit. Either way, it will increase the chances of the thief being identified and apprehended. Of course, an alarm system with a "kill switch" will also go a long way in protecting your vehicle.

2500 San Jacinto

Occurred on 4-4-05 at 3:15 p.m.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: A non-UT subject was found sleeping in the front seat of an illegally parked Lincoln Towncar. The subject claimed the vehicle had run out of gasoline. The subject stated he had considered siphoning gasoline from other parked cars, but decided to let a "friend" walk to a gas station. Officers were unable to locate the friend anywhere in the area. After questioning by police officers, the subject left the area on foot leaving the disabled vehicle partially blocking the roadway. A short time later, an officer found that the gas tank door to a nearby Toyota Corolla had been forced open and he gas cap had been stolen. It was unknown if any gasoline was stolen from the Toyota Corolla.

Crime Prevention Tip

With the rise in gasoline prices, the gasoline left in your vehicle's gas tank becomes a lucrative item for a thief. Do not rely on your gas tank cover door to protect your gasoline. These devices can be defeated. The best method of prevention is a locking gas cap with a keyed lock.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Noncriminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, UTPD responded to 4 alarm calls, 4 unsecured door reports, 2 suspicious activity reports, 2 light surveys and 5 public assist calls between 4-4-05 and 4-5-05.