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February 8, 2006

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I am happy to report that a pizza will be delivered courtesy of the UTPD Police Department to an observant staff member who had reported a suspicious person loitering in the bicycle racks. That report led to a known bicycle thief being taken off of the street and the recovery of additional stolen property being returned to the rightful owners. If you would like a pizza, take a look around while you are out and about today. You could be amazed by the sight of a bicycle theft in progress. Report it to us as soon as possible. If that reports aids in our apprehension of a bicycle thief, I will have a pizza delivered to you. Congratulations to the staff member working at the Student Services Building. Job Well Done Sir. Check out the Campus Watch entry for more details about this arrest.

Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, Bldg C, 2504-C Whitis Ave.

Occurred on 2-07-06 at 3:24 PM

Theft / Criminal Trespass / Assist Outside Agency: An alert UT staff member observed a subject loitering around the bike racks at that Student Service Building. The subject then stole a silver colored thermos from off a bicycle and left the area on a white bicycle. The staff member was able to provide a description as well as a direction of travel to the police. Three blocks away officers located a subject matching the description next to a bike rack with a blue Next mountain bike lying on the ground beside the subject. Officers observed a small pair of wire cutters sticking out of his front pants pocket. During the investigation a UT student approached the officers and identified the blue Next mountain bicycle as his. When the subject was taken into custody a search was conducted. Officers discovered a pair of bolt cutters, pliers, several screwdrivers along with additional stolen property. The bicycle that the staff member reported the subject riding off on was located in the bike rack by CMC. In addition officers discovered that the subject had a prior criminal trespass warning as well as several outstanding outside agency warrants for theft. Recovered property value: Unknown at this time.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Officers recovered enough stolen property from this subject that it required 6 sheets of paper. The sad part is that UTPD was only able to identify 2 owners. I encourage everyone to make some time and to mark your property with what is referred to as an owner applied number. This is your driver's license number. This number needs to appear of two surfaces that can be seen without moving that property. For more information about Operation ID contact Officer Darrell Halstead @ 232-9634 or Officer William R. Pieper @ 232-9638.

Jester Center West, 201 East 21st Street

Occurred on 2-07-06 between 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM.

Harassment: A UT student reported receiving several harassing telephone calls from a non-UT subject after getting into a dispute with her roommate.

Moffett Molecular Biology Building, 2500 Speedway

Occurred between 2-01-06 and 2-07-06 at 1:25 AM.

Burglary of Coin Operated Machine: UT staff members reported discovering the coin operated machine inside the 3rd floor women's restroom pried open. Loss value: $20.00 in U.S. currency and product.

Perry-Castañeda Library, 101 East 21st Street

Occurred on 2-07-06 between 3:50 PM and 4:00 PM.

Theft: A dark blue Jansport backpack containing 2 textbooks, and 2 calculators were stolen from a first floor table after being left unattended for 10 minutes.

Texas Film Institute, 710 West 5th Street

Occurred on 2-07-06 at 8:39 AM.

Assault: A UT staff member reported that she had been struck on top of her head by an unknown subject. The subject is described as a white male, 30 years of age, with shoulder length brown hair. Was last seen wearing a green Army jacket with holes in it.

2600 Block San Jacinto

Occurred on 2-03-06 at 2:15 AM.

Driving While Intoxicated: A UT student driving a brown 2002 Chevy truck was stopped for speeding. During the investigation officers detected a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about the driver. It was later determined that the driver was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 11 alarm calls, 2 requests for service, 2 medical emergencies, and 3 suspicious activity reports between 02-07-06 and 02-08-06.

Crime Prevention Tip of the Day:

As we see in today's issue of the Campus Watch prompt reporting may lead to an apprehension of a criminal. What was not stressed was that the staff member's description was very accurate. The officer made his contact with the suspect based on that description. When reporting suspicious activity, or criminal activity to the police take a moment and look for something that stands out. In this case the suspect had facial hair, along with being heavily tattooed. Both features the staff member reported to the dispatcher. But remember if it seems odd or out of place to you, then it is worth reporting to the police.