The University Record, December 14, 1998

Police Beat

By Rebecca A. Doyle

Report goes to prosecutor

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) forwarded its report on the death of student Courtney Cantor to the Washtenaw County prosecutor for review Dec. 7. The case is considered open and the police report will not be released until the prosecutor reviews it and makes a determination on its status.

Suspect sought in sexual assault

DPS officers are looking for a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with short light brown hair and a receding hair line. He weighs an estimated 160–175 pounds, is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, clean shaven, and was last seen wearing a turquoise turtleneck shirt and khaki pants.

Officers are looking for him in connection with an incident that happened at a Dec. 5 concert at Hill Auditorium. A woman attending the concert left the auditorium at 10 p.m. and was forcibly sexually assaulted (4th degree criminal sexual conduct) in the building, police say, by the man. When she screamed, he fled the area.

If you have any information, contact DPS, 763-1131.

Stolen speakers recovered

Speakers valued at approximately $1,200 were reported stolen from Canham Natatorium the night of Dec. 3. DPS officers who received the call were able to track the missing speakers to two men who were working at the University as contract employees. Four of the speakers were recovered from one man’s vehicle. He was arrested Dec. 11 on charges of receiving and concealing stolen property valued at more than $100 and released on personal recognizance. A preliminary examination in 15th District Court is not yet scheduled.

The remaining four speakers were recovered from a home in St. Clair County when DPS officers obtained a search warrant for the second suspect’s residence. He was arrested Dec. 4 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 16.

Ypsilanti police help solve old case

A man who is not affiliated with the University was arrested Dec. 1 on charges of writing checks on non-existent accounts and writing checks with non-sufficient funds to cover them. He was detained by Ypsilanti police on an unrelated matter and after discovering the outstanding warrants, was arrested. The checks were written for more than $380 July 20—July 24. The man was arraigned on Dec. 2 and the case is pending in 15th District Court.

Larcenies reported following Thanksgiving break

The Thanksgiving Day recess was prime time for thieves who stole a number of items from U-M residence halls over the four-day period when students left their rooms to celebrate with their families. Among the items reported stolen were: a computer from West Quad; an infrared heat detector from the Law Quad; a bicycle from South Quad; a Nintendo game and compact discs from one room and a watch and computer games from another room in Mary Markley; and a jacket and calculator from Mosher Jordan.

“DPS officers strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to take valuables home with them to ensure their safety,” says DPS Lt. Wesley Skowron, “especially over the upcoming long holiday break.”

Each year, there are a few times when DPS, which makes normal building checks during the holiday period, finds that someone has left in a hurry and forgotten one or more of the safety precautions that are common sense.

Before you leave for the holidays:

• Take a last look around to make sure you have not left money, jewelry, watches, expensive equipment or cameras.

• Close and lock doors and windows.

• Know where your keys are.

• Engrave all electronic equipment that will be left behind.

• Don’t leave your answering machine on saying you will be gone.

Stolen car recovered

DPS officers arrested a 50-year-old man who is not affiliated with the University after an Athletics Department official noticed the man loading basketball programs into his pickup truck Nov. 19 near Crisler Arena. The official reported his suspicious conduct to DPS, who stopped the green Ford Ranger truck to question the man. During the routine check, officers discovered that the truck had been reported stolen from Bloomfield Township. The man was charged with receiving and concealing stolen goods over $100 and the car was returned to its owner. The case is pending.


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