crime blotter

Thievery abounds

Theft continues as the most persistent crime on campus, dominating all other categories. In many cases the thefts are from unlocked offices, cabinets, cars and other unattended locations.

A loss of $1,065 was sustained on April 2 when a flute and 30 CDs were taken from a 1996 Plymouth parked on the second floor of Parking Structure 3. There was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle. The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m.

A backpack and overnight bag placed behind a couch in the first floor lounge of Lincoln Hall was discovered by a thief and taken about 9 a.m. April 3. A witness told officers an unknown male was seen leaving the room with the bags. The value was placed at $230.

A wallet containing credit cards disappeared from a filing cabinet in an unattended office on the second floor of Cramer Hall at 9:30 a.m. April 3. The loss was $100. The wallet and some of the missing cards were discovered by custodians later on the third floor.

Another theft of a wallet and contents of a purse was reported April 5, from an unattended office on the third floor of the Urban Center building. The crime occurred about 4:15 p.m. and was discovered shortly thereafter. The loss was $114.50.

A previously broken left rear door lock apparently allowed thieves to gain entry into a 1984 Audi parked at Southwest Park Avenue and Jackson Street at 10:40 p.m. April 5. Taken were a gym bag and contents left on the back seat of the car. The loss was $440.

An unattended backpack on the second floor of Smith Memorial Center yielded a purse to a thief at 7:55 a.m. April 6. A $37 loss was reported.

Also on April 6, a book bag was taken from a classroom in the basement of Cramer Hall, where it had been left unattended. The crime occurred shortly after noon. The estimate of loss was $380.

Preacher reported

A male Park Blocks preacher was contacted by public safety officers a little before noon April 8 when they observed him trying to turn the handle of a parking meter with a wrench.

The preacher evidently believed he had put money into the meter and found himself unable to turn the handle to activate the machine. He thereupon resorted to the wrench, damaging the handle.

Campus officers did not arrest the man, turning the information over to the City of Portland parking office for its disposition.

Male call

A female student living off campus told officers she had received a threatening e-mail and voice mail from a male caller. The incidents occurred April 2.

The messages mainly involved vulgar language. They included references to the victim’s boyfriend, possibly a classmate of the caller.

@italicbyline:-Art Chenoweth