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Police beat

Three burglary suspects caught
Three men have been arrested in connection with several campus burglaries, including home invasions in West Quad.

Maurice Burgens, 39, of Ann Arbor, was arrested Nov. 12 and charged with home invasion in West Quad Oct. 30 and larceny in a building Nov. 4. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) had issued a crime alert and distributed a composite drawing of the suspect in these incidents. The arrest occurred after a West Quad resident alerted DPS that a person matching the composite description was in the hall asking for donations. Burgens remains in the Washtenaw County Jail, awaiting a preliminary exam scheduled for Nov. 27 in 22nd Circuit Court.

Shannon Murray, 25, of Ann Arbor, was arrested Nov. 7 and charged with larceny in a building and trespass. Officers discovered Murray outside the Student Activities Building after staff members provided DPS with a solid description of a suspicious man in their building. Murray, who was on probation for a January theft from the Institute for Social Research, and therefore was trespassing on U-M property, was found in possession of a laptop computer. It was later discovered that the laptop had been removed from the Fleming Administration Building. Murray remains in the Washtenaw County Jail with bond set at $50,000. His preliminary exam is scheduled for Nov. 20 in 22nd Circuit Court.

Garth Wisdom, 18, of Southfield, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Jan. 6 after being charged with four counts of burglary at West Quad. The first-year student was arraigned Oct. 28 in 15th District Court on three counts of home invasion first degree and one count of home invasion second degree. Wisdom is accused of entering several unlocked West Quad rooms Oct. 21 and stealing wallets, computer games and approximately $300. The property was recovered, except for the cash.

Increased incidents at MSU game
Officers from DPS and other law enforcement agencies addressed an increased amount of illegal activity at the Nov. 2 football game against Michigan State. A total of 75 people were arrested, ticketed and/or ejected from the game. Only 15 of the culprits were U-M students. Ten people were arrestedsix for minor in possession of alcohol charges, two for scalping tickets and two who were wanted for arrest from other police agencies. Forty-four people were issued tickets, including 32 for having alcohol in the stadium and nine for urinating in public. Twenty-one people were ejected, including 10 for throwing projectiles and 10 for being disorderly. This was the highest crime rate at a football game since the 1999 match-up against Ohio State.

Three vehicles stolen, two recovered
Two of three vehicles reported stolen from the campus area in October have been recovered. The car that has yet to be found is a 1998 dark green Dodge Neon that was last seen Oct. 18 on Madison Street in front of South Quad.

Additionally, a report was filed Oct. 9 for an attempted car theft. The car's owner reported that while the vehicle was parked near 1114 S. State St., a window was broken, several personal items were removed and the ignition was damaged.

The recovered vehicles were a moped that was reported stolen from 1587 Beal Ave. Oct. 12 and a Chevrolet Cavalier that was illegally removed Oct. 2 from the Fletcher Street parking structure by a friend of the owner.

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