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January 6, 2006

Duren Dormitory Construction Site, 2600 Whitis

Occurred on 01-05-06 at 11:45 AM.

Theft: An acetylene torch kit, a socket wrench set and an air compressor were stolen out of a tool lock box and the bed of a pick-up truck that were located at the construction site. One of the construction site workers observed a white male subject carrying such equipment to a primer grey 1986 Mercury 4-door. The worker attempted to stop the subject who entered the vehicle and drove away. The subject was described as a white male, approximately 64 tall, wearing a hard hat, blue denim shirt, a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Loss value: $900.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

In my time as a police officer, I have seen many cases in which a thief will masquerade as someone who people authorized to be in a given area may not think twice about. I have seen thieves dressed like a construction worker, a repair person and a custodian. By looking like they belong there, a thief can freely walk around a location and look for opportunities to commit a theft. To that end, I would like to recommend that each of you own your space. By that, I mean be inquisitive; just like the construction worker in this case; question the suspicious activity, verify work being done in your office or work space and call the police department as soon as you determine criminal or suspicious activity is afoot.

Main Building, #1 South Mall

Occurred on 01-05-06 between 11:30 AM and 6:00 PM.

Theft: A green Specialized Crossroads bicycle was stolen when it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack located on the west side of the building. Loss value: $400.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

If we dont change our bicycle security methods, the #1 proudly displayed on the Tower may not be only for our athletic accomplishments - it may also be for our bicycle theft ranking. With a new year, make this resolution, protect your bicycle. As a minimum, use a u-lock that uses a flat key. For maximum protection, use a u-lock and an independently locking cable lock to secure your bicycle.

Sutton Hall, 210 West 21st Street

Occurred on 01-06-06 at 1:30 AM.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was found pulling on secured doors at Sutton Hall and the Harry Ransom Center. The subject had previously been issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 14 alarm calls, 4 unsecured door reports, 2 public assist requests, 1 leaf fire and 2 suspicious activity reports between 01-05-06 and 01-06-06.

Safety Tip:

The leaf fire in this case was probably caused by a discarded cigarette. Our current weather is highly conducive to rapidly spreading fires. Even in a thriving metropolitan like Austin, Texas, a grass fire can be devastating. Please be cautious. Do not throwaway burning cigarette butts while you are walking along the sidewalk or driving on our roadways. Not only should you not mess with Texas; you shouldn't burn it either.