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July 13, 2005

Development Office Building, 2901 North IH-35

Occurred on 7-12-05.

Leaving the Scene Collision: A white van struck the back left quarter panel of a 2002 green Toyota 4-door while the driver of the Toyota was attempting to back out of a parking space. The driver of the white van drove away without leaving driver and vehicle information. Repair estimate: $500.00.

Perry-Castañeda Library, 101 East 21st Street

Occurred on 7-12-05 at 5:13 p.m.

Attempted Theft / Criminal Trespass / Evading: A UT student observed a suspicious subject loitering on the 3rd floor of the library. The student followed the subject to where the student had left his backpack unattended. The student watched as the subject removed the student's brown paper sack containing the student's lunch from the student's backpack and continued to "rummage" through the backpack. The student confronted the subject and demanded the subject drop the lunch bag. The student escorted the subject to lobby where the subject left the library. The student reported the incident to the police and provided a good description of the subject. When the subject observed a UTPD officer, he fled on foot. The subject was stopped a short time later, and was found to have previously been issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Crime Prevention Tip

No item is too trivial for a thief to steal. A thief will even steal a meal if given the opportunity. What did work well in this case? The student was observant and noticed the suspicious person loitering in the library. This observation was important enough for the student to watch the subject. While the subject left the library prior to the police being contacted, the student was able to give an excellent description of the subject which included the subject's height, weight, hair color and a meticulous clothing description. To report suspicious or criminal acts in a more expedient manner, carry a cellular telephone with you at all times. A 9-1-1 call on a cellular telephone is free and does not require a telephone service provider. If you do have a service provider, then program the UT Police Department's number (512-471-4441) into your speed dial. This is important because a 9-1-1 call on a cellular telephone will be answered by the Austin Police Department — not the UT Police Department.

O. Henry Hall, 601 Colorado

Occurred on 7-13-05 at 2:00 a.m.

Assist Outside Agency: A UT Guard Officer reported a suspicious grey GMC Envoy parked on the east side of the roadway. The vehicle had previously been reported as stolen to the Austin Police Department. The vehicle was impounded as evidence. Recovery value: $30,000.00.

2400 University

Occurred on 7-12-05 at 2:05 p.m.

Leaving the Scene Collision: A UT student observed a green 2003 Ford pick-up truck strike the front bumper of her silver 2001 Honda 4-door while her vehicle was parked on the east side of the roadway. The driver of the pick-up truck left the area without leaving driver information. Repair estimate: $600.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Noncriminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, UTPD responded to 7 alarm calls, 2 unsecured doors, 3 suspicious activity reports, 2 public assist requests and 1 medical emergency between 7-12-05 and 7-13-05.