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May 25, 2006

L. Theo Bellmont Hall, 2109 San Jacinto Blvd

Occurred between: 4-17-06 and 5-25-06.

Theft: A silver laptop computer was stolen from a secured 8th floor office. During the investigation, the officer learned that a Palm Pilot and a number of small office items had also been stolen of the past several months; however, they were not reported stolen. The reporting person also stated that there has been a construction crew working the area where the property was taken. Loss value: Unknown.

Crime Prevention Tip:

I am not going to say that a construction worker stole these items. Having a construction crew working in or around your area provides an opportunity for a thief. Years ago during the stadium expansion on the east side, UTPD arrested a subject that had committed a number of thefts during that project. This same individual had committed a number of thefts during the same time period at the Brazos Garage project. The key to all of these thefts was the opportunity. The subject dressed and played the part of a construction worker, including wearing a hard hat. He looked for items that were not locked up or marked with an owner applied number. After he was arrested, he told officers that he is never challenged by office workers or construction workers. He just blended in.

Colorado Apartments, 2501 Lake Austin Blvd

Occurred on 5-25-06, at 3:30 AM.

Public Intoxication: A non-UT subject was found unconscious in the parking lot near building F. During the investigation, officers observed that the subject was unable to stand and needed support. Other signs of intoxication were observed by the officers. The subject stated that he was looking for his vehicle but could not provide accurate information as to his vehicles whereabouts. Austin EMS treated the subject at the scene and found that the subject was not suffering from alcohol poisoning.

300 Block West 25th Street

Occurred on 5-25-06, at 2:40 AM.

Driving While Intoxicated: A green Ford SUV was observed stopped at the intersection of 24th Street and Guadalupe, even though the traffic light was green. A taxi cab, traveling in the same direction as the Ford, came to an abrupt halt behind the Ford in order to avoid a collision. The Ford sped off at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was identified. Officers detected a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver's breath and noted that he was slurring his words when speaking. The driver denied having consumed any alcohol and told officers that he was coming from an unidentified friend's house. During the investigation, officers determined that the subject was intoxicated, had been operating a motor vehicle, and was a danger to himself as well as others.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 6 alarm calls, 1 lighting survey, and 1 medical emergency report between 05-24-06 and 05-25-06.