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$2,000 in charges made to stolen card

An employee reported that her purse was stolen from her workplace in the Molecular Sciences Research Building. The employee reported that she left the purse in her lab between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 20, while there were many people working in the area. The purse and contents were valued at $200. The employee also reported that when she canceled her credit cards she found that over $2,000 in charges had been made on her cards.

Employee charged with DWI

At 12:19 a.m. Feb. 17, a Duke University Police Department officer observed a vehicle being operated by a man on Main Street, near Southgate Dormitory, without his headlights on. The officer conducted a traffic stop, and subsequent investigation resulted in 30-year-old Duke employee Brendan Kieran Duffy, of 1640 Marion Ave., being charged with DWI and failure to burn his headlights. He was given a March 4 court date. Duffy could not be reached for comment.

Stereo equipment stolen

An employee reported that her vehicle was broken into between 7 a.m. and 8:40 p.m. Feb. 20 in the H parking lot at Erwin Road and Anderson Street. A $500 Alpine CD player, a $350 Rockford/Fosgate amplifier and three JL Audio speakers valued at $100 each were stolen. The right front window of the vehicle also sustained $100 in damage in the break-in.

Camera stolen

A student reported that between 10:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2:30 a.m. Feb. 2, someone entered her room in House V, and stole her $600 Olympus digital camera, model number D-510ZOO-K, serial number 188510447.

Fences damaged

Someone knocked down the patio fences at 2011 Yearby St., causing $500 in damage, between midnight and 8 a.m. Feb. 14.

Checking account used

An employee reported Feb. 21 that between Feb. 3 and Feb. 11, someone was fraudulently using his Duke Credit Union checking account to purchase pornographic material on 11 different websites. A total of $428 has been taken from his account.

Belongings taken

A visitor reported that between 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Feb. 21, someone entered a third-floor room in the Biological Sciences Building and stole her $15 pocketbook containing a $75 red purse, $30 in cash, credit cards, $30 Nokia cellular phone, checkbook, $150 glasses in a blue case, driver's license and a Social Security card.

Stolen credit card used

An employee reported that between 2:30 and 3:10 p.m. Feb. 21, someone entered her unsecured office in the Children's Health Center and stole her wallet, $100 in cash, credit cards, driver's license and Social Security card. She later learned that purchases had been made on one of her cards totaling $179.

Vehicle damaged

Between 4:22 a.m. and 5:12 a.m. Feb. 23, a Duke officer discovered a student's vehicle parked at 215 Anderson St. with a broken window. Further investigation revealed that the dashboard around the stereo system had been damaged. An attempt to contact the owner has been unsuccessful.

Credit card taken

Someone stole a visitor's unprotected credit card from a restroom located in 5100 Duke Hospital North between 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 20.

Scrubs snatched

Someone entered an employee's office and stole a $40 blue set of Hospitex scrubs between the hours of 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 8 a.m. Feb. 21.

License plate filched

An employee reported that the license plate to her 2000 Ford Focus was stolen between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Feb. 19. The vehicle was parked in the RX lot off LaSalle Street. The license plate is valued at $30.

Keys pilfered

An employee reported that between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21, someone entered her second-floor unsecured office in the Jones Building and stole her $15 keys.

Locker entered

An employee reported that $12 in cash was taken from a locker in Brodie Gym between 6 and 6:45 p.m. Feb. 19. The employee said that he secured the locker with a small gold-colored lock and found the lock broken when he returned. He reported nothing other than cash taken from the locker.

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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