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CRIME BRIEFS

Second student reports scam

Following a similar incident earlier last month, another student has been the victim of a scam perpetrated by a man who identifies himself as Anthony Gibson.

A student reported that during the early evening hours of Jan. 28, while he was walking on Buchanan Boulevard in the direction of Northgate Mall, he was approached by a man who said his name was Anthony Gibson and that he worked at the Gothic Book Shop. He told the student that his car had broken down and that he needed cash to buy new tires. The student said he walked with Gibson to an ATM machine and withdrew the cash, which he gave to Gibson. Gibson told the student he would repay him as soon as his car was fixed.

Gibson showed the student a piece of paper from a drug rehabilitation center with the name Anthony Gibson on it.

Afterward, the student contacted the Gothic Book Shop and found that no one by that name worked there. He reported the incident to Durham police because it happened off campus.

Gibson is described as a black man in his 30s. Duke police advises anyone approached for money to leave and call 911 as soon as possible.

Belongings taken

An employee reported that between 3:50 and 5:15 p.m. Jan. 28, someone entered an unsecured third-floor room in the Nanaline Duke Building and stole her $540 3/C Palm Pilot, $30 black leather Palm Pilot cover, credit cards, $16 in cash, postage stamps and driver's license.

Room entered, cash stolen

A student reported that between 1 a.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 28, someone entered his unsecured room in House T and stole $120 in cash.

Larceny charged

On Jan. 30, a Duke officer responded to a larceny in progress at the fountain of the lobby of Duke Hospital North. Upon arrival, Godimez Jesus, 55, was charged with larceny. His court date is March 4. Jesus could not be reached for comment.

Breaking and entering charged

At 8:03 p.m. Feb. 1, Duke police responded to Parking Garage I in the Medical Center in reference to a breaking and entering of an employee's motor vehicle. A $200 window was damaged and the dash board around the stereo system had another $100 in damage.

Upon arrival, the suspect, Kenneth Hunter, 26, of 714 Massey Ave., was apprehended and charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and possession of burglary tools. His bond was placed at $2,000, and he was given a Feb. 3 court date. Hunter could not be reached for comment.

Table taken

An employee reported that between 12:30 a.m. Jan. 26 and 6:40 a.m. Jan. 27, someone stole a $450 cocktail table, with a light wood color and green top, from the Blue Devil Beanery.

Tires slashed

An employee reported that between 7:02 p.m. and 11:41 p.m. Jan. 29, her vehicle was parked in the parking area of 2815 West Pettigrew St. when someone cut all four of the vehicle's tires, causing $400 in damage.

Pizza pilfered

A Domino's Pizza delivery driver reported that at 1:35 a.m. Jan. 13, a student obtained a pizza from him by fraud. The driver reported that as he approached the Randolph Dormitory bench a male student accompanied by a female student asked the driver, "You got my pizza?" The driver assumed that the student was the one who had made the order. He gave the student the pizza along with the receipt to sign. The student signed the receipt as the purchaser. He would not show his DukeCard to the driver.

The driver was able to confirm that the student was not the person who had ordered the pizza. Subsequent investigation revealed the location of the student who had fraudulently signed the receipt. At this time, the case is being referred to the Dean of Students Office.

Marijuana seized

Duke police responded to a room in House M in reference to the smell of marijuana at 1:08 a.m. Feb. 2. Subsequent investigation resulted in the seizure of drug paraphernalia, marijuana and alcohol. The smoke detector in the room was also altered, by taping the inlets closed with electrical tape. The incident remains under investigation.

Possessions pilfered

An employee reported that between 12:45 and 3:45 p.m. Jan. 31, someone entered her office in the South Clinic Red Zone and stole her $30 gray wool purse with black handles, containing a $50 burgundy Agner wallet, $50 in cash, credit cards, $250 Palm Pilot, $150 Mitsubishi cellular phone, driver's license and Social Security card.

Speakers snatched

An employee reported that between 8:20 a.m. and 5:05 p.m., his unsecured vehicle was parked in the rear parking lot, of 1121 West Main St., when someone stole his $150 Pioneer CD player, two Roadgear 10" speakers valued at $40, two PowerPro 12" speakers valued at $10, and radio dash brackets valued at $50.

Law school defaced

An employee reported that between 6 p.m. Jan. 28 and 7 a.m. Jan. 29, someone threw eggs on the Science Drive side of the School of Law, resulting in $250 in damage, and threw toilet paper in the trees on the parking lot side.

Window shattered

A student reported that between 12:45 and 1 a.m. Feb. 2, while his vehicle was parked at the Coffee House parking lot on East Campus, someone shattered the $250 rear window.

Belongings stolen

Someone entered an employee's unsecured first floor room between 8 a.m. and 4:28 p.m. Jan. 29, and stole her $40 wallet with an address book, containing $25 in cash, credit cards and Social Security card.

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.

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