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May 2, 2006

Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 5-01-06, at 11:50 PM.

Suspicious Person: A UT student attempted to enter Gregory Gym using another student's UT ID card. When challenged, the UT student claimed the ID was his. However, he recanted his story and left the building.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Many people may not be aware, but the University ID card functions the same as a credit card (Bevo Bucks and Dining Dollars). These ID cards also allow access into dormitories and academic buildings. Maintaining control of your UT ID is very important.

Jester Center West, 201 East 21st Street

Occurred on 5-01-06, at 3:50 PM.

Suspicious Activity: A UT student reported a suspicious person in the bicycle racks located on the west side of Jester Dormitory. The unknown subject would look around then bend over a bicycle, then repeat the process. The student went to another building and contacted UTPD. The subject was described as: Black male, 40 to 50 years of age, 6'1", 140lbs. He was last seen wearing a light blue long sleeved shirt and blue jeans. The subject was also carrying a black backpack containing tools.

Parking Lot 103, 2100 Block Comal Street

Occurred on 5-01-06, at 9:57 AM.

Terroristic Threat: A UT staff member received numerous threatening telephone calls from an ex-boyfriend. The suspect threatened to kill her dog and advised her she would need to have a police officer with her at all times.

Townes Hall, 727 East Dean Keeton

Occurred on 2-13-06.

Theft: A Dell laptop computer, carrying case, and a Well Fargo checkbook were stolen after being left unsecured beside a locker. Loss value: $500.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

This theft was not reported. The Austin Police Department contacted the victim to inquire about the status of his computer. The property was recovered by APD in an unrelated case. When APD learned that the computer was stolen, but not reported as stolen, the victim was encouraged to make a theft report with UTPD. Each year law enforcement agencies around the country confiscate property or recover property that is believed to have been stolen while investigating other cases. Quite often, police departments are unable to locate the rightful owner and the property ends up being auctioned off to the general public. By engraving your property with your state issued driver's license or ID number, a police officer will have the ability to locate the rightful owner when ownership of the property is questionable. Timely reporting of all thefts also aids the police since most stolen property can be entered into a computer database. This database can then be searched to see if an item has been reported as stolen.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 10 alarm calls, 3 unsecured door reports, 3 reported collisions, 2 medical emergencies, and 2 suspicious activity reports between 05-01-06 and 05-02-06.

CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE DAY:

The semester is quickly winding down and finials are looming just ahead. Some students are locating the library for the first time. This is the time of the year when there is a dramatic increase in the number of thefts from the various libraries on campus. Take a few moments and mark all of your textbooks with your state issued driver's license number somewhere inside the book - along the spine. Doing this aids the recovery process of stolen property.