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April 2005 crime map>

Police Beat

Larceny spree hits campus

Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers are searching for two Hispanic men in connection with a recent rash of burglaries and larcenies on Central Campus. One suspect, (composite sketch shown below), has been described as between 19 and 21 years old, standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a medium build. In one incident, he was seen wearing a blue baseball cap, a black-and-yellow shirt, blue or black baggy pants and carrying a blue or black backpack. The second suspect has been described with similar characteristics, though perhaps an inch or two shorter.

The men are suspects in early April thefts from nine campus classroom buildings. Additionally, they may be connected with a May 11 incident at William Davidson Hall, during which dozens of office doors were damaged and five laptops and a projector were stolen.

The thieves have been targeting laptop computers from unsecured campus rooms and offices as well as secured rooms with doors containing glass windows. Most of the incidents have occurred on weekends.

Contact DPS immediately at 911 from a campus phone or (734) 763-1131 from a cell phone with any information about these suspects or any suspicious activity.

Assault victims treated at hospital

Three male campus visitors were taken to the U-M Emergency Department by ambulance April 2 for treatment of injuries sustained when they were attacked by a group of men. The three victims—a 17-year-old and 21-year-old from Ann Arbor and a 17-year-old from Saline—were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. One victim reportedly was struck in the head with a club or stick. The fight reportedly occurred in lot SC9 near the Coliseum and involved more than a dozen people. DPS continues to investigate the incident.

ATM robbery investigation continues

DPS officers continue to investigate a May 2 robbery at the Comerica Bank ATM in Wolverine Tower. An out-of-state businessman reported that after he had withdrawn cash from the machine, two white men approached him and one man punched him in the stomach. After taking $200 from the victim, the suspects fled in an older, rusty pick-up truck that may have been a blue Ford or Chevrolet model.

Both suspects were described as standing approximately 6 feet tall, about 20 to 30 years old with a medium build and unshaven face. One reportedly was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, while the other was wearing a camouflage jacket.

Seatbelt enforcement dates

Targeted police enforcement of seatbelt laws will continue during the next few weeks as a statewide "Click It or Ticket" effort by law enforcement agencies will be held May 23-June 5. Locally, DPS officers will target enforcement today (May 23) on Fuller Road, May 27 on State Street, June 3 on Washtenaw Avenue and
June 4 on Fuller Road as part of a countywide mobilization. To conclude Memorial holiday season efforts, DPS again will target State Street June 5.

Michigan law requires the driver and front-seat passengers in moving vehicles (except bus passengers and a few other exemptions) to be wearing safety belts along with all passengers who are younger than 16 years. Violation of the law results in a $65 citation plus court costs.

Burglars hit residence halls during exams

Seven burglary reports from residence halls were filed with DPS in mid-April, including five from Bursley Hall. Items reported stolen from the unattended, open rooms included laptop computers, cell phones, credit cards, jewelry and other personal property. The five incidents at Bursley reportedly occurred the night of April 20 between 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. An MP3 player was reported stolen April 14 from Baits and personal items from a Mosher-Jordan Hall room April 19. DPS has no suspects in any of the incidents.

Computer taken from Dental School

A hammer was thrown through an outside window in order for a thief to gain entry into a Dental School office at 1210 Eisenhower Place April 27. Upon discovery of the broken window, staff reported a computer was missing.

Two sexual assaults reported

A student reported April 25 to DPS that she was inappropriately touched by an unknown male while she was taking an afternoon nap on a couch in the Art and Architecture Building. When she was touched, she yelled and the suspect fled.

In a separate incident, a U-M student reported she had been raped by a friend after they had been drinking in his Markley Residence Hall room April 4. Following the DPS investigation, the county prosecutor denied authorizing arrest charges and the case has been closed.

Fires result in no injuries

Three small outside fires were reported in late April near residence halls. Minimal property damage was reported, but no injuries were discovered. Setting unauthorized fires on University property or in campus buildings is a violation of the University ordinance and the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and may be a violation of state law.

In the early morning hours of April 20, two of the fires were reported near Baits. Fliers and other papers were found aflame inside a bus shelter. The fire was extinguished by a housing security officer. In a separate incident, a Baits resident reported he observed a nearby small tree on fire. When officers arrived on the scene, only scorch marks were visible.

Ash and burned paper and cardboard were found on a sidewalk April 29 outside of Alice Lloyd Residence Hall. No damage was observed.

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