The independent news organization of Duke University

Crime briefs

Truck stolen

Someone stole a Mid Atlantic Infrastructure Systems truck parked just off Campus Drive near the Physical Plant between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22. The truck was unlocked, and the keys were in the ignition. The truck is described as a $25,000 2000 white Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup truck (model 1500, N.C. license CM-7874) with company decals on both doors, a front bumper vanity plate with "DS Atlantic" on it and a $450 chrome toolbox.

Marijuana seller arrested

Duke University police officers responded to a suspicious persons call in the Allen Building parking lot at 12:43 a.m. Nov. 23. The suspicious persons were located at the rear of Perkins Library. Both subjects started to run. Terrell Pettiford of Durham was apprehended and charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing a police officer. He stated that he had sold a dime bag of marijuana to a subject in the Allen parking lot. No contraband was found on his person. His court date is set for Jan. 6. The other person was not apprehended. Pettiford could not be reached for comment.

Student assaulted while dancing

A Duke University police officer was approached by a student in The Great Hall Nov. 23 at 2:08 a.m. The student requested an escort to avoid a confrontation, reporting that near the end of the dance in The Great Hall, he was grabbed by the neck while dancing. He described the subject who assaulted him as a black man, alias "Beast," 6'4", 235 pounds, stocky build, very short fade hairstyle.

Fire extinguished

At 9:03 p.m. Nov. 17, Duke University police and the Durham Fire Department responded to a fire at 215 Anderson St. Upon arrival, they discovered that the residents had extinguished the fire.

One of the residents said she was heating a pan of oil on the stove, and while waiting for it to heat up she went to her bedroom. When she returned to the kitchen, she found heavy smoke and flames coming from the stove and cabinets above the stove. She turned off the stove and put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. While putting the fire out, she received a minor burn on her wrist. She was treated by Duke Rescue and released without needing further care.

Durham Fire and Duke's Occupational and Environmental Safety Office investigated the fire scene for safety, and determined that the apartment was safe enough to be occupied by the residents. Damage to the stove, hood light and vent, cabinets, wall, light fixture and ceiling is estimated between $1,500 and $2,000.

Boom box stolen

While an employee's vehicle was parked in the "H" parking lot on Yearby Street between 8 a.m. and 12:28 p.m. Nov. 20, someone broke out the $250 passenger window and stole her $1,250 CD boom box and $2 in cash. A witness reported seeing a Latino man in his mid 20s with thin facial hair, wearing a toboggan, sitting in the victim's vehicle. Another Latino man in his mid 20s, wearing a toboggan and dark clothing, was standing as a lookout. They left in a 1990s black Honda Civic or Accord.

Laptop seized

Someone stole a student's unsecured $1,000 Compaq laptop computer from the third floor of Perkins Library between 4:55 and 5 p.m. Nov. 23.

Electronics stolen

While two employees' vehicles were parked in the Hillsborough Road lot between 9 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Nov. 20, someone broke out their windows and stole a $200 Kenwood CD player, $300 Alpine CD player, two $150 Kenwood amplifiers, a $150 Sony crossover speaker and one $100 subwoofer.

Belongings taken from office

Someone entered an office on the first floor of Gross Chemistry Laboratory between 4 p.m. Nov. 13 and 9 a.m. Nov. 20, and stole a $500 Palm 5 work pad, $200 Margi presenter key, $100 Duke basketball season tickets for games after Nov. 25, $3 bottle of hand lotion and a large $10 case of hot cocoa mix.

Two vehicles broken into

While a visitor's vehicle was parked in the Allen parking lot between 11 p.m. Nov. 22 and 2:21 a.m. Nov. 23, someone broke out the $200 driver's side window and stole her $60 black purse and $160 Sprint cellphone.

Another vehicle in the lot was found with a broken $200 driver's side window. The owner, a Duke student, said he believes nothing is missing from his vehicle.

Door damaged

A student reported that the exterior door glass on the first-floor commons room of Gilbert-Addoms Dormitory had sustained around $500 of damage Nov. 23.

Fanny pack pilfered

Someone stole a visitor's $30 fanny pack containing two checkbooks, $90 cash, her driver's license, $377 medication and keys. She reported that she left her property in the Emergency Department waiting room by mistake between 11:30 and 11:35 a.m. Nov. 17, while she assisted a friend who was seeking medical attention.

Purse stolen from office

Someone entered an employee's unsecured office in the Morris Building between 1:50 and 2:05 p.m. Nov. 22, and stole her $300 purse containing $60 cash, credit cards, keys, driver's license, $70 black filofax and address book.

Wheelchair taken

A visitor reported that between 3:40 and 3:45 p.m. Nov. 23, he placed his $350 wheelchair on the right side of President's Box in Wallace Wade Stadium. When he returned, it could not be located.

Cash stolen from locker

A Diet & Fitness patient reported that at 2 p.m. Nov. 19, he was in the men's locker room attempting to gain entry into his locker. He said another patron told him he would open the lock if the patient would provide him with the combination. He gave the patron, described as a white male in his 50s with gray hair, the combination. He said he left the locker room for about 30 minutes, and when he returned he noticed $263 had been stolen from his wallet. He was not certain if the patron who assisted him with his lock is the thief.

Jackets thieved

One $60 reversible red and charcoal colored Structure jacket, one $100 Gap black hooded jacket and one $100 black and gray Gore-Tex hooded jacket belonging to women were stolen from the locker area of Duke Hospital North 9300 between 6:45 a.m. Nov. 18 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19.

Belongings removed from Blue Zone

A student reported that between 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and 12 p.m. Nov. 22, she placed a $50 carpet from her vehicle, a $30 emergency road kit, a $25 tool kit and three $50 pairs of shoes on the ground in front of her vehicle, which was parked in the Blue Zone. When she returned, her property was missing.

Another jacket taken

Someone stole an employee's $200 hooded black leather jacket from a coat rack near the break area in Pickett Road Clinic between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 19.

CD player stolen

While an employee's secured vehicle was parked in the "H" parking lot on Hillsborough Road between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 20, someone stole his $60 portable CD player, $15 CD player carrying case and $15 BT CD. There were no signs of forced entry.

Another CD player stolen

While a visitor's vehicle was parked in the Fuqua School of Business lot between 3:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Nov. 17, someone entered his vehicle and stole his $75 Pioneer CD player.

Jacket pilfered

Someone stole an employee's $50 unsecured black leather jacket, containing keys, from room 3901 of the Children's Hospital between 11:30 a.m. and 11:49 a.m. Nov. 22.

Wallet stolen

Someone entered a file cabinet located in Duke Clinic between 8:40 a.m. and 12 p.m. Nov. 20 and stole an employee's $20 wallet containing her credit cards, driver's license and Social Security card. When canceling her credit cards, she learned that one card had been used twice.

Crime briefs are compiled from Duke University Police Department reports. Anyone with knowledge about those responsible for these or other crimes at the University can contact Lt. Davis Trimmer at 684-4713 or Durham CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.


Share and discuss “Crime briefs” on social media.