The University Record, February 28, 1994

Police Beat

Freshman charged in Entree Plus case

A first-year LS&A student was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with the misuse of a financial transaction device for the unauthorized use of another student’s Entree Plus card.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Capt. James R. Smiley says there has been an upswing in the unauthorized use of Entree Plus cards. Police and the courts are taking the unauthorized use of these cards seriously, he notes. Misuse of a financial transaction device is a felony, with a penalty of up to four years in prison.

Alan J. Levy, director of housing public affairs and information, says the Housing Division has 16,000 Entree Plus contract holders, including residence hall and off-campus residents. Contract holders can put up to $900 in an Entree Plus account; the average balance is $400.

The cards can be used in bookstores, eateries and vending machines at campus facilities, including at the Michigan Union, Michigan League, North Campus Commons and residence hall snack bars.

Levy called the theft or loss of Entree Plus cards, which were introduced in 1984–85, a “small but notable problem.” Security on the cards was tightened in September. Students can now report them missing 24 hours per day by calling DPS, 763-1131. The card is immediately deactivated.

Levy says Entree Plus holders are encouraged to follow precautions associated with any kind of credit card, including keeping their wallets with them at all times and locking their room doors even if they will be gone only for a few minutes.

Smiley says students have reported having the cards stolen from their pockets when coats were left unattended.

Small handgun used in armed robbery

A man pulled a small caliber handgun from his pocket and stole $40 from a man who was not affiliated with the University in front of Mason Hall, near the Fishbowl, at 1 a.m. Feb. 19.

Smiley says the suspect is a white male, about 30 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with black curly hair and a bald spot. At the time of the robbery he was unshaven and wearing a navy blue jacket. Persons with information that would help in the investigation are asked to call DPS, 763-1131.

3 men attack victim on Diag

Three men, all believed to be in their early 20s, are sought on charges of criminal sexual conduct, first degree, in the beating and sexual assault of a 20-year old Ann Arbor man who is not affiliated with the U-M.

The assault occurred at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 19 near the Engineering Arch on the southeast corner of the Diag. The victim, who suffered a broken jaw, was treated at University Hospital.

Smiley described the three suspects:

  • A white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and with sideburns, wearing a Michigan baseball cap.

  • A white male of medium height and wearing a brown leather coat.

  • A tall white male with hair shaved in back and long on top.

    DPS investigating robberies

    DPS is investigating two strong-arm robberies, which they believe were committed by persons not affiliated with the University. One occurred at 9 p.m. Feb. 9 on the Diag. The victim, who is not affiliated with the U-M, was struck on the head with a bottle; $20 was stolen from him.

    The second incident occurred at 4:45 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Law Quad. The victim, a U-M student, was approached and then kicked in the stomach. He suffered minor injuries. Nothing was taken.

    17-year-old Huron High student charged in rape

    A 17-year old Huron High School student has been charged with criminal sexual conduct, first degree, in an incident that occurred at 5:30 a.m. Feb. 13 in the Fletcher Street parking structure. He allegedly beat and raped a 16-year-old Huron High student. She had accepted a ride from him after a party.

    Because the accused is not a U.S. citizen, the U.S. Immigration Service is involved in the investigation. The young man, who faces possible deportation to Russia, is in the Washtenaw County Jail in lieu of posting a $75,000 bond.

    First-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison.

    Hospitals employee charged with larceny over $100

    A 38-year-old U-M Hospitals stockkeeper, who has been employed at the U-M for 19 years, was arrested Feb. 21 and charged with larceny over $100 for stealing food from Hospitals storage.

    Larceny over $100 is a felony with a penalty of up to five years in prison.