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Crime Briefs

Car stolen

A student reported that between 10 a.m. Jan. 10 and 6 p.m. Feb. 2, someone stole his vehicle from the Blue Zone. The $2,500 car is described as a 1995 green four-door Toyota Camry, license plate number 3LCX452 CA.

$2,000 in equipment snatched

An employee reported that between 6 p.m. Feb. 2 and 7:39 a.m. Feb. 3, someone entered a Duke van by breaking a $100 window. They stole over $2,000 worth of property consisting of smoke detectors, one ABC fire extinguisher, tools, a tool bag, an extension cord, 20 padlocks, one Syranex body suit, two spill jump suits, chemical gloves, a face respirator, a fire safety jump bag, a box of assorted nuts, resistors, fuses, work gloves, a raincoat, an OESO traffic vest with the name "Larry" on it and four OESO baseball caps. The van was parked at the 1411 Hull St. Occupation and Environmental Safety Office.

Watch taken

A visitor had a $2,000 Rolex watch, Oyster model, stainless steel, stolen from the information desk in Duke Hospital North or South between Jan. 23 and Feb. 3.

Man enters dorm room

A student reported that at around 6:45 a.m. Feb. 2, she and her roommate woke to find a white man in their unlocked Blackwell Dormitory room.

She reported that she observed the man near her roommate's bed touching an extension cord. She said she started yelling, questioning his presence in their room. At that time the man left the room.

The suspect is described as a white man, student age, over 6' tall, stocky build, and wearing yellow boxer shorts, possibly with polka dots.

The Duke University Police Department advises students to keep the doors to their rooms secured when sleeping. In such incidents, students should contact DUPD as soon as possible at 911 or 684-2444.

Fan charged with indecent exposure

At 9:54 p.m. Feb. 5, Robert Ross Findly, a 21-year-old senior, was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct for running across the playing floor naked, with the exception of his socks, shoes and scarf, during the Duke-UNC basketball game. His bond was placed at $1,000 and he was given a March 25 court date. Findly could not be reached for comment.

Student caught breaking gate arm

On Feb. 2 a stake-out of the traffic control gate arms located in the Beta parking lot on Union Drive resulted in the charging of Paul D. Colavita, a 21-year-old junior of House N room 105. He was observed breaking the gate arm and was given a March 12 court date. Colavita could not be reached for comment.

Patient charged

At 6:20 a.m. Feb. 4, Barbara Harding, 34, of 2020 Jersey Ave., was charged with striking a doctor who was attempting to provide her care in the Emergency Department. She was given a Feb. 18 court date. Harding could not be reached for comment.

Laptop taken

A student reported that between 10:15 p.m. Feb. 3 and 8:30 a.m. Feb. 4, he was loading books into his car parked at Whitford Drive facing the Fuqua School of Business, but accidentally left his $1,200 white Macintosh iBook laptop computer on the ground. When he returned, he was unable to locate it.

Eggs damage vehicle

A student reported that sometime Feb. 3, someone threw eggs at her vehicle while it was parked at Brodie Gym, causing $400 in damage to the paint.

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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