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August 29, 2005

Andrews Dormitory, 2401 Whitis

Occurred on 8-28-05 between 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM.

Theft: A blue colored Trek 4500 was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack located on the south side of the dormitory. Loss value: $500.00.

Crime Prevention Tip

Students, welcome back. Thieves on campus live by the theft opportunities created by faculty, staff and students. The three most common problems we see on campus are the theft of unattended property, auto burglaries and theft of bicycles. The majority of our stolen bicycles occur because students use sub-standard locks to secure their bicycles. The UT Police Departments minimum recommendation for a bicycle lock is a u-lock that uses a flat key not a round key. Our maximum recommendation is to use a u-lock and an independently locking cable lock. Using both types of locks at the same time would require a thief to have two different types of tools and force them to spend twice as long trying to steal your bicycle. To aid in our ability to recover your bicycle if it does get stolen, you should register your bicycle with UT Parking and Transportation. This is required for any bicycle on campus, is a free program and can be done online at: http://www.utexas.edu/parking/transportation/biking/

Chilling Station # 3, 1910 San Jacinto

Occurred on 8-28-05 at 3:10 PM.

Assist Outside Agency: A UT staff member, who had two outstanding outside agency arrest warrants for theft by check and driving on a suspended driver license, ran from a bail bondsman who attempted to locate him at Chilling Station #5. UT police officers located the subject a Chilling Station #3.

500 Colorado

Occurred on 8-28-05 at 3:00 AM.

Driving While Intoxicated: A non-UT subject was stopped for driving a 2004 Pontiac 4-door the wrong way on a one-way roadway. The subject was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages to the point he was driving while intoxicated.

100 East Dean Keeton

Occurred on 8-28-05 at 1:50 AM.

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor (3 counts): Three UT students, all of whom were under the age of 21, were found walking along the sidewalk. One of the three students was observed staggering. All three students were found to have consumed alcoholic beverages.

Crime Prevention Tip:

One thing that new students typically do not think of before they go out for their first night on the town without the parents curfews and rules is the consequences of their actions. If you are under the age of 21, then you need to know that UT has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drugs and alcohol. You are subject to receiving at the bare minimum a citation for possession of alcohol by a minor, consumption of alcohol by a minor or driving under the influence by a minor. These are the minimum charges you could face. You could also be subject to incarceration for public intoxication or driving while intoxicated. All of these charges come with the suspension of your driver license and a visit to the Dean of Students Office in addition to your trip to the courthouse. This is only the legal side of things. Just today, I heard alcohol related car collisions are up. Every year numerous students are treated for alcohol poisoning and keep in mind alcohol consumption is a prevalent factor in the majority of assault cases . Do not jeopardize your academic career, your future or your life.

Geography Building, 210 West 24th Street

Occurred on 8-26-05 at 7:00 PM.

Theft: A UT staff member investigated a strange noise coming from an unsecured 3rd floor classroom. The staff member discovered an unidentified subject removing a VCR that had just been installed in the classrooms media console that day. The subject claimed to be a staff member and said he was moving the VCR to another room. When asked for UT identification, the subject stated his identification card was with his friend in their truck and left with the VCR. The subject was described as a black male in his mid thirties, wearing a light colored shirt, dark slacks and an orange baseball cap. The reporting person said the subject had very large eyes, very white teeth, a smooth talker and had very fluid motion. Loss value: $300.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Everyone should carry a cellular telephone with them everywhere they go. To reduce the time it takes you to contact the UT police department, program our telephone number into your cell phones speed dial. You can reach us at 512-471-4441. Call the UT police department as soon as you notice suspicious or criminal activity.

2500 Guadalupe

Occurred on 8-27-05 at 4:20 PM.

Assist Outside Agency: A non-UT subject was observed attempting to stuff a large printer / fax machine into a duffle bag. The subject abandoned the printer / fax machine and a laptop computer and ran to catch a bus on the other side of the street. The subject stated he was going to repair the computer and copier for a friend, but needed to catch the bus in an effort to find his lost wallet. The subject was found to have two outstanding outside agency arrest warrants for a curfew violation and for theft of service.

2000 Jester Circle

Occurred on 8-29-05 at 2:40 AM.

Public Intoxication: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was found holding onto light poles as he stumbled along the roadway. The student stated he had been drinking at a near-by fraternity house. The student was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point he was a physical endangerment to himself. Once at a detention facility, the student became belligerent with a staff member and was promptly escorted to a solitary confinement room.

Music & Bates Recital Hall, 2405 Trinity

Occurred on 8-28-05 between 12:30 PM and 12:55 PM.

Theft: A Sanyo cell phone, a Texas Driver License, a credit card and a debit card were stolen from a purse that was left in an unsecured 3rd floor faculty lounge. Loss value: $100.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Thieves need a single second or two for the opportunity to commit a theft. Do not give them that opportunity. Never leave anything inside an unsecured room not even for a few minutes.

Parking Lot 103, 2100 Comal

Occurred between 8-26-05 at 6:00 PM and 8-27-05 at 10:24 AM.

Attempted Burglary of Motor Vehicle: The right rear opera window was broken out of a 1998 Toyota Corolla 4-door while the vehicle was parked on the east side of the Parking Lot. The metal stereo frame around the vehicles stereo was damaged when the would be thief attempted to pull the stereo from the dashboard. The stereos removable faceplate was found on the vehicles floorboard. Repair cost: $175.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

If your vehicles car stereo has a removable faceplate, then make sure you take the faceplate with you when you park your car. A stereo with a missing faceplate is not as an attractive of a target for car burglars as a car with a complete stereo. By removing the faceplate, you increase the odds that a burglar will skip your car and break into another car that will not require him to send off for a new stereo faceplate.

Parking Lot 103, 2100 Comal

Discovered on 8-27-05 at 10:24 AM.

Criminal Mischief: The right rear opera window was broken out of a 2003 Toyota Corolla 4-door while the vehicle was parked on the east side of the Parking Lot. At this time, it is unknown if any items were stolen from the vehicle. Repair cost: $100.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

To further reduce the risk of your cars window being broken out, place a beach towel across your dashboard and allow the towel to drape down over the stereo. A burglar will think you are protecting your dashboard from the sun, when in essence, you are hiding the type of stereo you have. Most burglars want to see what they stand to get before they break into a car.

San Jacinto Residence Hall, 309 East 21st Street

Occurred between 8-25-05 at 4:00 PM and 8-26-05 at 7:45 AM.

Criminal Mischief: A hand rail by the main entrance was pulled from the exterior wall of the dormitory. Repair cost: $300.00.

2300 San Jacinto

Occurred on 8-28-05 at 2:39 PM.

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped for a traffic violation. The student was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages.

Speedway at Dean Keeton

Occurred on 8-27-05 at 1:30 AM.

Driving Under the Influence by a Minor: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was stopped for making an illegal right hand turn while driving a green 1995 Toyota sport utility vehicle. The student was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages, but was not under the influence to the point he was driving while intoxicated.

Crime Prevention Tip:

If you are under the age of 21, you do not need to fail a field sobriety test to receive a driving under the influence by a minor charge. All an officer needs to have is any detectable amount of alcohol in a minor who is operating a motor vehicle. That means if an officer can smell it on your breath, then you can receive the charge.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Discovered on 8-26-04 at 7:57 PM.

Graffiti: A blue pen was used to write words on a wall in a 4th floor mens restroom. Removal cost: $30.00.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred on 8-27-05 between 2:00 AM and 1:30 PM.

Burglary of Coin Operated Machine: The cash door to an arcade game located in the 1st floor Underground Game Room was pried open. Approximately $6.00 in quarters was stolen from the game. Loss value: $6.00. Repair cost: $75.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 21 alarm calls, 7 unsecured door reports, 2 suspicious activity reports, 3 medical emergency calls, 1 welfare concern report, 2 motor vehicle collisions and 10 calls for service between 8-24-05 and 8-25-05.