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Police Beat Sept. 6

Compiled by Joseph Cook, contributing reporter

Logo-policebeat5Aug. 30 – Theft (Bldg. 45)

A student reported some personal items stolen, six days after the theft occurred. The theft occurred while the student sat and watched a performance in the Performing Arts Center on Aug. 24.  During the show, he noticed some of the contents of his pockets were on the ground. When he picked them up, he realized that some of his wallet and UNF ID card had been stolen. UPD was unable to investigate further, due to the late notice.

Aug. 30 – Theft (Bldg. 16)

A student left his skateboard, unlocked, in a rack outside the building, at approximately 11:10. When he left the cafeteria at approximately 11:25, the skateboard was gone. The student provided pictures of what the skateboard looked like. Patrol efforts were suspended.

Aug. 30 – Theft (Bldg. 38)

At approximately 5:45 on August 28th, a student taped her parking permit to the rear windshield of her vehicle. When she returned from class, the parking permit was missing. On August 30th, the student contacted parking services to purchase another permit. The student reported the permit stolen when told she could receive a new one free if she did so, instead of paying $80.00 for a new permit. The student claimed that parking services had pulled a taped decal off of a car on August 28th, but could not say if it was hers.

Aug. 31 – Marijuana (The Crossings)

At about 2:35 resident advisors contacted UPD when they smelled marijuana and heard loud noises coming from a room. The officer who arrived on scene observed two students, numerous empty beer cans, and about two twelve packs of beer that remained unopened. Another Officer present stated that if the two students present turned over any marijuana in the room, they would not be charged with the offense. At that point one of the students produced a small bag containing 3.2 grams of marijuana. The students said that they persuaded someone outside a local convenience store to purchase the alcohol for them, since they were underage. The students disposed of the remaining beer by pouring it down the drain. The students appeared remorseful and apologetic, and were promptly referred to Student Conduct.

Aug. 31 – Marijuana (Bldg. 44)

A UPD Officer conducting a property check found four individuals, at the top of Building 44. All four were detained, and two marijuana cigarettes were found near where they were sitting. Three of the individuals (non-students) were trespassing, and the fourth was referred to Student Conduct.

Sept. 1 Petty Theft (Osprey Fountains: North Tower)

A student reported several items stolen from the common area and bathroom of the residence. The victim stated that she suspects one of her roommates stole her belongings. Though she has resided with them for a week, they have never spoken to her, and she feels intimidated by them. The student is in the process of being moved to another location, and patrol efforts are continuing.

Sept. 3 Tag Theft (Bldg. #38)

A student’s tag was stolen from the back of her car, sometime between 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. The student discovered the tag and tag screws missing when she returned to the area. The vehicle was identified using its VIN number, and the student was advised to contact the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

Sept. 4 – Book Theft (Building 42)

A student reported that one of her textbooks was stolen from her bag, during a large outdoor cookout event for the Coggin College of Business. The bag was left behind a table where the student assumed it would be secure, since others had left personal items there as well. When she returned nearly thirty minutes later, her book was missing. Attempts to locate the book were unsuccessful.

Sept. 4 – Parking Permit Theft (Lot 14)

A student’s parking pass was stolen from the dash of her car. The student felt that she had locked the car. However, she discovered that her vehicle’s electronic locking system was malfunctioning, locking only three of four doors. No prints were visible on the outside of the vehicle. The UPD officer who investigated the theft did not attempt to take prints on the inside of the vehicle, because it appeared the suspect only touched the stolen item.

Sept. 4 – Parking Permit Theft (Lot 12)

A student discovered his parking pass was partially torn when he received a parking ticket. It appears that a suspect attempted to peel the permit from the bumper of the car, when the permit ripped in half. No prints were found on the outside of the vehicle.

Sept. 4 – Cell Phone Theft (Bldg. 34)

A cell phone was stolen from under a baseball cap, while the victim (a non-student) was playing basketball. No suspects could be determined. The cell phone has a GPS tracker, and the victim contacted his provider in an effort to locate the stolen property. The investigation into this theft is ongoing.

Sept. 4 – Immobilizing Boot Mysteriously Unattached (Bldg. 44)

Parking services discovered that an immobilizing boot had been removed from a vehicle. The boot was undamaged, and the vehicle (which had been booted for unpaid citations) was missing. Who removed the boot was undeterminable. A hold was placed on the booted vehicle’s account, and parking services continued to seek the payment of fines by the vehicle’s owner.

Sept. 5th – Criminal Mischief (Lot 9)

A UNF employee discovered his vehicle had been scratched on the right side.  The paint on the side door and quarter panel had been damaged and chipped.  The scratches were straight, and zigzagged. The employee said he was not involved in any disputes or arguments that might have resulted in retaliation.  No attempt was made to lift prints, as the car’s surface was moist and considerable time had elapsed since the crime.

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