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Police Beat: Bench and wood stolen from skate park, student worried for their safety

Photo by Camille Shaw
Photo by Camille Shaw

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

Bench stolen from skate park

A UNF employee alerted UNFPD on April 9 to a stolen bench from the skate park.

The bench was six feet by six inches, and it was a grinding bench meant for skateboarding. It was stolen some time between 8 p.m. on April 3 and noon on April 6.

Since there weren’t any witnesses, patrol efforts have been suspended.

Someone steals the skate park’s wood

Three hours after the bench was reported stolen, the same UNF employee reported several pieces of wood were stolen from the skate park.

The wood was used for the ramps and the areas where people would stand. It was stolen some time between 8 p.m. on April 8 and 10 a.m. on April 9.

As with the previous case, because there were no witnesses, patrol efforts have been suspended.

Student worried for her safety

A female student told UNFPD she was fearing for her safety on April 9 after interactions with a potential suspect regarding a stolen watch.

About a week before April 9, the potential victim lost her watch. She said the only other person who was with her at the time the watch went missing was the potential suspect. She confronted the potential suspect about the watch, but he became very upset and told his father.

The potential suspect’s father then contacted the potential victim, telling her not to contact the police, because she would ruin his son’s life.

She told UNFPD about the missing watch, but she didn’t ask for a police report to be filed. About two days later, UNFPD notified her that a watch matching the description of hers was found at the Osprey Fountains. It was her watch, and she claimed it at the Martin P. Garris Police Building.

The potential suspect started texting the potential victim, which made the potential victim worried for her safety. She showed the reporting officer the texts, and the officer noted that the texts were not threatening.

The potential suspect texted her during her interview with the police saying he was waiting for her at the Fountains. She texted him and told him to leave her alone, and he said he would. The potential victim was still scared, though.

Another officer said the best course of action would be to trespass the potential suspect from the Fountains, but the potential victim was hesitant, because she thought the potential suspect would retaliate for notifying the police.

The reporting officer went to the Fountains to see if he was there, but he wasn’t. A Fountains front desk staff member said she saw him waiting for a few hours before the officer arrived. The potential suspect approached the staff member and asked about finding a girl who lives in the Fountains, but the staff member said she couldn’t help him.

The reporting officer tried to call the potential suspect at his home phone, but his father answered. His father said he wouldn’t tell his son about this incident until the morning, because his son doesn’t handle stress well.

The father said his son would report to the police station at 6 p.m. on April 10.

This is still an ongoing investigation, and if Spinnaker receives information regarding the potential suspect’s trip to the police station, Spinnaker will update this story.

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