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April 7, 2005

Gregory Gymnasium, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 4-6-05 at 9:53 p.m.

Criminal Mischief: A non-UT subject and two UT students damaged a cardboard display on the west side of the gym by throwing full garbage bags at the display. The three garbage flingers fled on foot to Taylor Hall. In addition to other law enforcement action taken, the non-UT subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning. Repair cost: $5.00.

Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, 2504 Whitis Avenue

Occurred on 4-6-05 at 10:00 a.m.

Attempted Theft: An alarm system was activated when an unidentified subject attempted to steal a JVC digital recorder from an unsecured 4th floor classroom. A piece of the alarm system was damaged in the attempted theft. Repair cost: $50.00.

Parking Lot F-11, 200 East 22nd Street

Occurred on 4-5-05 between 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Criminal Mischief: An unknown object was used to make a 2' long scratch in the right front door of a 2003 Buick 4-door while it was parked in the northeast portion of the Parking Lot. Repair cost: $300.00.

Pharmacy Building, 2409 University

Occurred between 4-5-05 at 7:00 p.m. and 4-6-05 at 10:30 p.m.

Theft: A grey portable Panasonic AM/FM/CD stereo was stolen from an unsecured 6th floor laboratory. During the time frame of the theft, the room had been left unsecured for a half an hour as another student was "down the hall in another laboratory." Loss value: $50.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

You should never rely on other people in the area to keep an eye on your property or protect it from being stolen or damaged. Never leave your property or room unsecured. To help identify your property if it is stolen, mark it with your state issued identification card or driver's license. UTPD will loan you an electric engraver free of charge.

Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, #2 West Mall

Occurred on 4-6-05 at 10:45 p.m.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was reported as yelling obscenities at students in the 2nd floor lobby of the library. The subject had previously been issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway

Occurred on 4-6-05 between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Theft: A blue Jansport backpack containing a Texas Instruments calculator, 2 CPS remotes and a 3-ring binder was stolen when it was left on a table in a hallway outside a ground floor auditorium. Loss value: $75.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

Always be mindful of your property. You should never leave your property unattended or unsecured.

1900 San Jacinto Blvd.

Occurred on 4-6-05 at 6:15 p.m.

Theft: An unidentified subject entered a UT student's vehicle and asked the student if he had jumper cables. The student agreed to drive the subject to where the subject claimed he had parked his vehicle. Upon arriving at that destination, the subject claimed his vehicle had been towed and stated it would cost $22.50 to get his car from the tow company. As the student started driving to the tow company, the subject asked the student if he had change for a $10.00 bill. When the student pulled a ten dollar bill from his wallet, the subject observed a twenty dollar bill in the student's wallet and then told the student to give him the twenty dollar bill as well. The student waited for approximately 20 minutes for the subject after he exited the vehicle to retrieve his car. When the subject returned, he asked the student, "What are you still doing here?" The subject told the student to meet him at Dobie Center 20 minutes later to retrieve the money. The subject never arrived at Dobie Center. Loss value: $30.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

There are a couple of tips that would be useful in reference to this case. First and foremost, think of the fear involved when an uninvited person enters your vehicle while you are in it. By simply locking your car doors as soon as you get in your vehicle, you will prevent the alarm of a thief entering your vehicle. You should also consider just how easy you can pick-up on discrepancies in a scam artist's story. In this case, the subject originally asked for jumper cables, then claimed his vehicle had been towed. How could the subject know how much it would cost to retrieve his vehicle if he did not know the vehicle had been towed? Then the subject asked if the student had change for a ten dollar bill even though the tow charge was $22.50. The subject went on to ask for a total of $30.00 after asking the student if he had change for a ten dollar bill. With so many discrepancies in the subject's story, you should feel very apprehensive about loaning them money. Scams like this are effective because the scam artist knows people are basically trusting.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Noncriminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, UTPD responded to 14 alarm calls, 3 unsecured door reports, 3 medical emergency calls and 2 suspicious activity reports between 4-6-05 and 4-7-05.