The University Record, October 18, 1999

Police Beat

By Rebecca A. Doyle

DPS investigates robbery

Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers are investigating a claim made by a man who says he was beaten and robbed on the Diag on Sept. 13. A bus driver spotted a man sitting on the sidewalk and radioed in a report. The man’s face was bleeding and he was transported by ambulance to University Hospital. When questioned again, the man said he had been beaten by as many as 12 people, and he appeared very intoxicated. He told police that $11 was missing from his wallet.

No arrests have been made and DPS officers are still investigating the three descriptions that they have been given.

Thefts include cordless phones, money

In September, there were several reports of burglaries and of breaking and entering. Staff in the Upjohn Center at 1310 E. Catherine reported that on the weekend of Sept. 18, two cordless phones were removed from offices there. On Sept. 22, a woman staff member reported that $26 had been taken from her wallet, which she had left in a locked janitorial closet while she was working.

An attempted robbery was reported in the Michigan Union food court Sept. 11, when thieves broke in through a back door at the Y’n’S shop and tried to open a locked freezer.

Several vehicles reported stolen

Several vehicles were reported stolen during September, including a 1997 GMC Yukon belonging to a U-M student. It was reported missing from lot SC20, the area near Canham Natatorium, on Sept. 20. Officers have no suspects in the case and the vehicle is still missing.

Counterfeit bills turn up at Wendy’s, Subway

DPS officers were called to the Michigan Union at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 to examine several suspicious $20 bills. The bills, three at Subway and one at Wendy’s, were determined to be counterfeit and DPS is currently working with local police departments and the U.S. Secret Service to determine their origin.

DPS officers nab scalpers

Several DPS officers dressed in plain clothes for the Oct. 2 game against Purdue observed a man selling tickets just north of Michigan Stadium. Officers took possession of several tickets for other football games and bet slips for more than $1,500. The case was taken to the Washtenaw County prosecuting attorney’s office for authorization of charges on ticket scalping and possession of gambling slips.

DPS Deputy Director James Smiley reminds fans that buying tickets from someone on the street is risky.

“This has been a problem for us every season,” he says. “The only place to buy tickets is a U-M authorized distributor.

“If you are found in the stands with a bogus ticket, you will be escorted from the game,” he adds.

Man arrested for Diag robbery

A 29-year-old man who is not affiliated with the University is lodged in the Washtenaw County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond in connection with an Oct. 1 robbery on the Diag.

A woman reported to officers that she had been robbed of $47 in cash. Officers interviewed her and obtained enough information to arrest the man. He was arraigned on Oct. 2 and a preliminary examination is set for Oct. 13.

Cases reported by SAPAC

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) recently revised its format for informing the University community about incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking that are reported to SAPAC. Indicents now are recorded by categories indicating who reported the incident.

The new format is more relevant and useful to the University community. It shows that SAPAC is a resource for survivors, their families and friends, U-M personnel (faculty, staff and Department of Public Safety officials) and non-U-M personnel (for example, Ann Arbor Police Department, a high school counselor).

Statistics indicate only the number of cases reported to SAPAC for the month indicated in the table. They do not necessarily reflect occurences on the U-M campus, nor do they reflect the number of cases that occurred in a specific time frame. They also do not reflect the number of cases that may have been reported to the Department of Public Safety.