A man seen stealing a backpack from an office on the second floor of Science Building 2 was pursued by a witness, but escaped after knocking down a woman who tried to block his flight.Campus Public Safety has encountered multiple theft reports from Science Building 2 recently and suspects that this man may be responsible. Witnesses were able to give officers a detailed description of him.
The incident began at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 15 when CPSO received a call of a theft in progress. A female student saw the man grab a backpack and yelled at him that it was not his, whereupon he fled the building.
A male student heard the woman shout and began chasing the suspect. The fleeing man ran around a corner, where he found another female student confronting him. He pushed her to the ground and ran off, dropping one backpack and a large art portfolio. The pursuing male stopped to help the downed woman and the thief got away.
Although campus officers reached the scene immediately, the thief had disappeared. A woman reported theft of a backpack. The description of her missing pack matched the description of the pack the thief escaped with. She valued it at $40. Another woman reported a wallet missing from a backpack, valued at $53.
A bicycle and lock were taken from a bike rack on the north side of Cramer Hall the morning of Nov. 14. The bike, valued at $575, was later found in a parking lot at Southwest Fifth Avenue and Montgomery Street.
An unlocked locker in the women’s locker room of Peter Stott Center yielded a purse to a thief about 8 a.m. Nov. 15. The owner valued the property at $53.
An unattended backpack was taken from the third floor of Millar Library about 5 p.m. Nov. 15. Value was set at $20.
At 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9, patrolling officers approached a car parked at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Harrison Street adjacent to Parking Structure 1. They saw four persons seated inside, one holding an open can of beer.
An identification check showed two of the four were minors, including the one with the beer can. Arrested was Jonah R. Nelson, 21, on a charge of furnishing liquor to a minor. He admitted providing the beer and was cited and released.
At 5:26 a.m. Nov. 17, CPSO received a call that a suspicious man was seen on the fifth floor fire escape of the St. Helens student housing complex. Officers discovered a man sleeping on the inside stairwell landing, with drug paraphernalia lying beside him on the floor.
Burnie B. Sanborn, 27, told campus officers he had a drug syringe in his duffel bag. In a consent search, officers found a paper bag containing a used syringe and drug residue believed to be heroin. He confessed he had shot up less than an hour earlier.
He admitted he had no permission to be inside. He said he gained entrance by walking in through the front door as a resident opened the door to walk out. He was charged with burglary and drug possession and released.
Reports of a fight on the 16th floor of the Ondine brought campus officers to the scene at 9 p.m. Nov. 17. They found no fight, merely people arguing in the hall about the loud volume of stereo music.