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June 13, 2005

2100 Comal Street

Occurred on 6-11-05 at 11:23 p.m.

Public Intoxication: A non-UT subject was found "passed out" on the side of the road. The subject was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point she was a physical endangerment to herself.

2300 Guadalupe

Occurred on 6-12-05 at 11:31 p.m.

Disorderly Conduct - Fighting in a Public Place (2 counts) / Public Intoxication (2 counts): While investigating a report of a subject chasing pedestrians with a brick, a UT police officer found two non-UT subjects in the middle of the road engaged in a physical altercation. One of the subjects matched the description of the brick toting subject. Both subjects were found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point they were a physical endangerment to themselves and others.

Beauford H. Jester Center West, 201 East 21st Street

Occurred between 1-20-05 and 5-20-05 at 5:00 p.m.

Theft: A blue Raleigh bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack located inside an interior courtyard. Loss value: $150.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

In addition to recommending the use of a u-lock for bicycle security, we also recommend that you check on your property on a regular basis. By doing this, you can narrow the time frame of a criminal act, which greatly enhances the ability to investigate the crime. You should also report criminal activity as soon as possible.

Parking Lot 38, 2300 Red River

Occurred on 6-10-05 between 7:40 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Attempted Auto Theft: The left front window of a white 1996 Honda Accord was pried open while the vehicle was parked in the Parking Lot. Both the driver's seat and the front passenger seat were moved back from their original position. The steering column of the vehicle was broken open. The vehicle's ignition system was damaged to the point the vehicle could not be started. Repair cost: $2,000.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

The best way to prevent a thief from breaking into your vehicle is to advertise some of the security features your vehicle has. A steering wheel lock is a highly visible device that, when properly installed, prevents the steering wheel from turning. This device can be seen by a thief before they break into your car. Other measures you can take are an alarm system and a kill switch. An alarm system will alert people in the immediate area that someone is breaking into your vehicle, while a kill switch will prevent your vehicle from being started if someone does attempt to steal your vehicle.

Parking Lot 41, 2200 Red River

Occurred between 6-7-05 at 8:00 a.m. and 6-10-05 at 7:00 p.m.

Attempted Burglary of Motor Vehicle: An unknown object was used to damage the left front door and door handle of a maroon 1999 Chevrolet Suburban while it was parked in the Parking Lot. The damage is indicative of an attempt to gain entry to the vehicle. Repair cost: $1,000.00.

Parlin Hall, #2 South Mall

Occurred on 6-12-05 at 12:58 p.m.

Burglary: A staff member heard the sound of breaking glass in a 1st floor hallway. Fearing a thief may still be in the area, the staff member waited inside his office a few minutes before looking into the hallway or calling the police. A 3' by 4' frosted glass window door insert was broken from a 1st floor office door. The mail drop slot to the office door had also been damaged in an attempt to pry the drop slot from the door. A black leather laptop carrying case, a silver Phillips compact disc / cassette tape portable stereo and 50 movie DVDs were stolen from the office. Repair cost: $75.00. Loss value: $1,135.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

A thief will frequently try to see what they will steal before breaking into an area. If your office door has a mail drop slot, consider placing a domed cover over the interior side of the drop slot. This will allow mail to be deposited while blocking the view of your office from a thief. Contact the police department as soon as you become concerned about possible criminal or suspicious activity, such as the sound of breaking glass. You can reach the UT Police Dispatcher 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 471-4441 or 9-1-1 on a campus telephone.

Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, #2 West Mall

Occurred on 6-10-05 at 7:45 a.m.

Criminal Trespass: While on Guadalupe Street, a non-UT subject asked a UT staff member for assistance finding food and a job. The subject began to yell obscenities at the staff when the staff member refused to provide assistance. The subject later approached the staff member in the library and began to argue about using the library's computers. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning.

San Jacinto Residence Hall, 309 East 21st Street

Occurred on 6-11-05 between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Theft: A red Specialized bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack on the southwest side of the dormitory. The owner of the bicycle had a u-lock, but did not use it to secure the bicycle. Loss value: $300.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

A u-lock provides better bicycle security than a cable lock. Using a u-lock and a cable lock provides ultimate protection for your bicycle. If you have both types of locks, then you should use both of them. Make sure the u-lock and cable lock secure the front tire and bicycle frame to a bicycle rack. You should also register your bicycle with UT Parking and Transportation online. This is a free service and aids in the recovery of your bicycle if it is stolen.

San Jacinto Residence Hall, 309 East 21st Street

Occurred between 6-10-05 at 8:00 a.m. and 6-11-05 at 7:00 a.m.

Theft: A small orange colored vinyl bag containing a pair of gold hoop earrings, a pair of pearl earrings, a 22" silver necklace, a small silver pendant, a blue gemstone pendant and a blue and black colored glass pendant was stolen when it was left in a restroom located inside a 5th floor dormitory room. Loss value: $105.00.

System Parking Garage #2, 210 West 7th Street

Occurred on 6-12-05 at 2:30 a.m.

Public Intoxication: Two non-UT subjects were found walking in the roadway on the north side of the parking garage. Both subjects were found to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages to the point they were a physical endangerment to themselves and others.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred between 6-4-05 at 7:56 p.m. and 6-7-05 at 9:39 p.m.

Theft: A Wendy's restaurant employee made several overcharges on UTID card Bevo Bucks transactions. The employee failed to report the overcharges to the restaurant management and pocketed the difference between the charge amount and the overcharge amount. Loss value: $160.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

In each case, the owner of the UTID card failed to obtain their sales receipt after making their transactions. You should always verify your purchases by getting and examining the sales receipt. You should also make sure your debit/credit card account number does not appear on the store's receipt. The store only needs the last four digits of your account number. If the store's copy of the receipt has your entire account number, use a pen to mark through all but the last four digits of your account number.

Whitaker Fields, 51st Street and Guadalupe

Occurred on 6-11-05 between 6:20 p.m. and 7:55 p.m.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: The right front window was broken out of a 1996 Jeep while it was parked in the north Parking Lot. A brown purse containing a checkbook, keys, sunglasses, a black wallet with $50.00 cash, identification cards and debit cards was stolen from the left front floorboard of the vehicle. Repair cost: $150.00. Loss value: $75.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

This is a classic "smash and grab" in which a thief sees property inside a vehicle, breaks the vehicle's window out, reaches in and steals the property within a few seconds. To keep your vehicle's windows intact, never leave any property inside your vehicle. To conceal the type of stereo system you have, drape a towel over your car's dashboard.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Noncriminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, UTPD responded to 14 alarm calls, 5 unsecured door reports, 6 suspicious activity reports, 2 collisions, 1 medical emergency, 1 lighting survey, 1 welfare concern and 7 public assist requests between 6-10-05 and 6-13-05.