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June 14, 2005

Scam Alert

UTPD has developed information regarding a scam in which an unknown entity develops a long distance partnership/relationship with an individual via the internet. At some point, the unknown person sends the individual a fictitious check with valid routing numbers and asks the individual to cash the check and send money back to them in Africa. When the check ultimately bounces, the individual is held financially responsible. The most recent information gathered indicates the scam artist is sending checks that are listed as from The University of Texas.

Almetris Duren Residence Hall Construction Site, 2600 Whitis Avenue

Occurred between 6-11-05 at 4:00 p.m. and 6-13-05 at 6:30 a.m.

Criminal Mischief: Two 8' tall privacy fence panels located on the north side of the lot were pulled down. Two safety glass door panels to a Case 973C front end loader were broken out while the front end loader was parked inside the construction site. Repair cost: $800.00.

Colorado Apartments, 2501 Lake Austin Blvd.

Occurred on 6-12-05 between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Criminal Mischief: An unknown object was used to cause a dent in the left front quarter-panel of a 2000 Audi 4-door while it was parked in the north Parking Lot. There was no other evidence commonly associated with a motor vehicle collision. Repair cost: $1,000.00.

Goldsmith Hall, #5 West Mall

Occurred on 6-13-05 between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Theft: A gray Dell D505 laptop computer, a laptop computer power cable and a pair of earphones were stolen from an unsecured 4th floor work studio. Loss value: $1,700.00.

Goldsmith Hall, #5 West Mall

Occurred on 6-13-05 between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Theft: A Sony portable compact disc player and a pair of earphones were stolen from an unsecured 4th floor work studio. Loss value: $50.00.

Goldsmith Hall, #5 West Mall

Occurred on 6-13-05 between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Theft: A white Apple iPod was stolen from an unsecured 4ht floor work studio. Loss value: $100.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

In each of the three previous entries, the victims were attending an architecture camp and had left the work room to attend a seminar, leaving their personal property unattended and unsecured. It only takes a thief a few minutes to enter an unsecured room, scavenge and steal property. Never leave your property unattended and unsecured.

Parlin Hall, #2 South Mall

Occurred between 6-7-05 at 4:30 p.m. and 6-13-05 at 9:15 a.m.

Theft: An Apple G4 Powerbook laptop computer and a power cord to another Powerbook laptop were stolen from a 1st floor office. Loss value: $1,500.00.

San Antonio Garage, 2420 San Antonio

Discovered on 6-14-05 at 1:45 a.m.

Graffiti: Silver paint was used to write words on a parking garage sign located in the northwest stairwell between the 1st and 2nd floor. Removal cost: $35.00.

San Jacinto Residence Hall, 309 East 21st Street

Occurred between 6-7-05 at 4:00 p.m. and 6-12-05 at 8:00 p.m.

Theft: A red and silver Magna bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a half-inch thick cable lock to a bicycle rack located on the southwest side of the dormitory. Loss value: $100.00.

San Jacinto Residence Hall, 309 East 21st Street

Occurred on 6-4-05 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Theft: A green Univega bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a quarter-inch cable lock to a bicycle rack located on the southwest side of the dormitory. Loss value: $100.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

Recently, there has been a rash of bicycle thefts from this area. The location is not the only common factor in these thefts. In each case, the victim used a cable lock to secure their bicycle to the bicycle rack. Do not allow a thief with a pocket-sized tool to steal your method of transportation. At a minimum, you should use a u-lock to secure your bicycle. For added protection, use a self-locking cable lock in conjunction with a u-lock.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Noncriminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, UTPD responded to 10 alarm calls and 1 public assist request between 6-13-05 and 6-14-05.