Stolen books resold to Follet, classroom ransacked, marijuana arrest, and more

Saphara Harrell

Illustrated by Zach Evans
Illustrated by Zach Evans

Book thieves on the loose

Three people have been stealing from the UNF Bookstore and reselling the stolen books to other Follet branches, according to UNFPD reports.

The UNF Bookstore Manager with the Follett Group told UNFPD March 27 that he recently learned of suspicious textbook buybacks at other Follett bookstores located at FSCJ Kent and South Campuses.

The suspects went into the different branches with different forms of ID to sell the books back, many of which were copies of the same title.

Once informed of this, the manager reviewed footage and saw the three subjects on several occasions walking through the bookstore but making no purchases. Based on images from the footage gathered from the Bookstore and other locations, there appears to be a similarity between the subjects, according to UNFPD.

The estimated monetary loss from the bookstore is $2,000.

It is unknown whether there were any unique numbers or access codes that will allow Follett to positively identify the suspects.

Honors classroom ransacked, fire extinguisher discharged

An unknown suspect(s) ransacked room 2350 in Honors Hall, as well as discharging a fire extinguisher in the room and surrounding areas, according to UNFPD.

The responding officer’s investigation revealed that the suspect(s) entered the building between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. and proceeded to ransack the room and its contents, including the fire extinguisher.

A physical facilities employee found the discharged extinguisher near Bldg. 12. The officer attempted to lift fingerprints of the extinguisher, but all results were negative.

Another employee stated that around 2:10 a.m., the circuit breakers in the power panel located in room 2955 were all turned off, causing a power outage throughout the building. It is unknown whether this is connected with the vandalism.

The first estimate of the damage was around $500, although the true amount of damage is unknown.

UNFPD is continuing their investigation.

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ID stolen while student showers

A student reported April 2 that an unknown person(s) stole her driver’s license and $5 while she was in the shower at the Wellness Center.

The responding officer gathered that the student’s items had been stolen between 11:15 and 11:30 AM. The student stated that she had left the money and her license in a plastic baggie outside the shower area, according to the UNFPD report.

Due to lack of any witnesses or evidence, the investigation is suspended.

Illustration by Zach Evans
Illustration by Zach Evans

Student arrested for marijuana possession

UNFPD arrested a student resident for possession paraphernalia and marijuana under 20 grams.

A UNFPD officer was responding to a fire alarm April 4, when she saw the suspect running from the direction of the Osprey Landing. The officer stopped him and asked if the dorm with the alarm was his, to which he replied yes.

According to UNFPD’s report, the officer had the suspect return to his dorm so that they could both make sure it wasn’t on fire. When the suspect opened the door, the officer saw a large amount of smoke and smelled marijuana.

According to the report, the suspect admitted to smoking marijuana and provided the officer with a bag of marijuana and several pipes with residue. The officer asked if there were any other drugs in the room, to which the suspect said no. The officer then secured permission to search the suspect’s room and did so.

According to UNFPD, the search uncovered more marijuana and paraphernalia. The officer found a total 19.6 grams of marijuana. The officer also found the following items, all of which contained marijuana residue: four baggies, a scale, a tupperware container, a metal poking stick, three glass pipes, one wooden pipe, four glass containers, two plastic bottles, and two rubber containers.

UNFPD placed the suspect under arrest for possession under 20 grams and paraphernalia. UNF also referred to him student conduct.

Locked bicycle stolen

An officer was dispatched to the Osprey Hall on April 7 after a student reported their bicycle was stolen.

The student said they saw their bicycle locked in the bike rack behind Osprey Hall at 9 am. When the student returned at 5 pm she noticed that the bicycle and lock were missing.

The case is still under investigation.

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