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April 13, 2006

***** A Word of Thanks *****

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the readers of the Campus Watch, for your kind words you have sent me this last week. At times I felt a tear well up before I realized, there's no crying in police work. This will be my last Campus Watch for some time. Never fear, the Campus Watch will be compiled by my partner in Crime Prevention, Officer Halstead and the newest addition of the crime prevention team, Officer Smith. I trust you will provide them the same support you have given me the last three years. Likewise, they will do their best to provide an informative, educational and entertaining Campus Watch.

Colorado Apartments, 2501 Lake Austin Blvd

Occurred between 04-09-06 at 8:30 PM and 04-11-06 at 9:00 PM.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: The left rear window was broken out of a red Dodge Dakota double cab pick-up truck while the truck was parked on the south side building G. A Sony AM / FM / CD player stereo, a Rockford Fosgate amplifier and a Rockford Fosgate 10 sub-woofer speaker were stolen from the pick-up truck. Repair cost: $150.00. Loss value: $400.00.

Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 03-10-06 between 10:00 Am and 6:00 PM.

Theft: A brown American Eagle wallet containing two credit cards and three identification cards was stolen form an unsecured coin-operated locker located inside a 2nd floor weight room. Loss value: $5.00.

Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 04-12-06 at approximately 9:00 PM.

Attempted Theft: A UT student exited the west side of the gym to find an unidentified subject holding the rear tire to the student's bicycle. The student confronted the subject who stated the tire was stuck to his bicycle and he was thinking free tube. The subject gave the tire back to the student and fled the area. The student later observed the subject in the 300 block of 21st street where she called UTPD to report the subject. The subject was described as a white or Hispanic male, 5'8" tall, 210 pounds, shaved head or very short haired, carrying a large black backpack, wearing a white tank top shirt, black cargo shorts, a wallet affixed to his pants with a chain, a black baseball cap and a silver chain around his neck. The subject was in possession of a BMX style bicycle.

Parking Lot 88, 500 East 23rd Street

Occurred on 04-12-06 between 11:45 AM and 4:45 PM.

Leaving the Scene Collision: An unknown vehicle struck the left rear bumper of a parked Mazda Protg 4-door. The driver of the striking vehicle left the scene without leaving driver information. Repair cost: $225.00.

Patterson Labs, 2415 Speedway

Reported on 04-12-06 at 12:54 PM.

Harassment: An, as of yet, unidentified subject sent a threatening e-mail to a UT faculty members work e-mail account.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred on 04-12-06 at 3:08 PM.

Indecent Exposure: A UT student observed a subject holding a plastic bag over his unzipped pants while on the west side of the building. At one point, the student noticed the subject was exposing a part of his body that, by law, makes it a criminal act. The student entered the Union to report the subject. This is the second time the student has observed the same subject engaged in such activity. The subject was described as a Hispanic male in his 50s, with white hair, approximately 58 tall, skinny build, holding an HEB bag wearing a dark green hat, white undershirt and green pants.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Just as in the attempted theft from Gregory (see above), the early reporting of criminal or suspicious activity is vital in the police departments ability to locate and identify suspects. To that end, everyone is encouraged to carry a cell phone with them at all times. To further decrease the police departments response time, program the UTPD dispatcher into your cell phone. This is important because a 9-1-1 call from a cell phone will be sent to the Austin Police Department who will then forward the call to UTPD for on-campus calls. Cut the middle man out by programming the UTPD dispatcher telephone number (512-471-4441) into your cell phone. If you observe a subject matching the description of this subject, call UTPD as soon as possible.

University Teaching Center, 105 West 21st Street

Occurred between 03-29-06 and 04-12-06 at 6:00 PM.

Theft: A silver and blue Next bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack locate don the north side of the building. Loss value: $100.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

The minimum recommendation for bicycle security on the UT campus is a quality u-lock. For ultimate bicycle security, use a u-lock and an independently locking cable to secure your bicycle.

1100 Red River

Occurred on 04-13-06 at 3:00 AM.

Driving While Intoxicated: A UT police officer observed a vehicle that had been seen earlier driving the wrong way on a one-way roadway in the 1800 block of Trinity swerving and driving without its headlamps. The non-UT driver of the vehicle demanded to speak with a supervisor. After offering to have the on-duty supervisor speak with the driver, the driver refused and initiated a telephone call to the UT Police Dispatcher. When ordered to exit the vehicle, the subject locked his car door. Upon reaching into the vehicle to unlock the door, the driver rolled the drivers side window up trapping the officers arm in the door. Once the driver was removed form the Chrysler Pacifica, it was determined he was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point he was driving while intoxicated.

1900 Trinity

Occurred on 04-13-06 at 12:31 AM.

Public Intoxication: A non-UT subject was reported as being in the roadway yelling profanities and kicking at vehicles. The subject was found staggering by Waller Creek. The subject was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point he was a physical endangerment to himself and others.

1800 Trinity

Occurred on 04-13-06 at 3:00 AM.

Driving While Intoxicated: While on patrol, a police officer observed an Acura and a Chrysler Pacifica driving the wrong way on a one way roadway. The Chrysler pulled into a nearby Parking Lot. The officer stopped the Acura as it continued to travel the wrong way on a one-way roadway. The non-UT driver of that vehicle was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages to the point he was driving while intoxicated.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 9 alarm calls, 1 suspicious activity report, 1 unsecured door report, 2 medical emergency calls and 2 requests for public assistance between 04-12-06 and 04-13-06.