Police Beat: marijuana found; a ring, a wallet and a ladder go missing

Patrick Lloyd

Photo by Camille Shaw
Photo by Camille Shaw

The following information is according to reports from the UNF Police Department.

UNF student with defective exhaust caught with marijuana

A UNF student was caught with marijuana and paraphernalia after being pulled over for having a defective exhaust on Friday, Feb. 6.

The UNFPD officer noticed the driver’s car had a loud exhaust which sounded defective as he drove down Osprey Ridge Road. When the officer approached the vehicle he smelled a combination of burnt marijuana and cologne. The officer then asked the student to show his license, registration and proof of insurance, but he couldn’t because he left them in his dorm so his girlfriend could do his laundry.

When the officer asked the student about the marijuana smell, he said, “I know, my uncle keeps telling me that my friends need to stop smoking in my vehicle because the smell doesn’t go away.”

The officer and another officer searched the car and found two empty packages of cigarillos and one other package of cigarillos in the driver’s map pocket on the door. They also found a glass pipe with a burnt green leafy substance which the officer believed was marijuana and two packages of rolling papers in the center console. In addition, the officers found a burnt marijuana blunt in a paper cup and a multi-colored bong with residue.

The officer who pulled the driver over issued the student a Uniform Traffic Citation for the defective exhaust system, a verbal warning for not carrying his driver’s license and a Notice To Appear for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The student was released after signing his Notice to Appear and Uniform Traffic Citation.

If you like it, put a ring on it

A 19-year-old non-UNF student had his ring stolen on Feb. 5.

The man said he placed his ring on a table in the recreation room inside the clubhouse between 9 p.m. and midnight. He got up and went outside to smoke, but when he returned, the ring was gone. He searched the area and his personal belongings, but he couldn’t find it anywhere. He talked to the front help desk, but they said no one turned in a ring.

The man didn’t report the incident until 2 p.m. on Feb. 6 because he wanted to see if he could find the ring first. There are no known suspects or witnesses at this time. Patrol efforts have been suspended.

Wallet stolen from bathroom stall

A 59-year-old man reported his wallet missing from a bathroom stall on Feb. 7.

The man was attending a hobby show at the University Center when he placed his wallet on top of a toilet paper dispenser inside a bathroom stall. A few minutes later, he realized his wallet was missing.

He went back to search the bathroom and trash cans, but he couldn’t find his wallet. University Center staff also searched for the wallet but didn’t find anything.

An announcement was made at the hobby show about the wallet, but nobody came forward. Officers searched for the wallet with negative results.

Ladder stolen from construction area behind library

A contractor told UNFPD a ladder was stolen from behind the Thomas G. Carpenter Library between Jan. 22 and Feb. 9.

The contractor said the fence that closes the construction zone is locked every day. The responding officer searched for the ladder, but didn’t find anything. The contractor was also unsuccessful in his search.

Patrol efforts have been suspended. This case comes less than a month after a portapotty was stolen from the same construction area.

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