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Stolen vehicle linked to break-in

At 4:14 p.m. March 3, an employee at the Medical Center warehouse on Pettigrew Street reported seeing a man in the back of her vehicle in the parking lot. Upon approaching her vehicle, the man got out and drove off in a black 1986 Chevy Astro van. The van was later reported stolen from the H overflow lot March 5. A $450 AM/FM CD-radio and a $100 cellular phone were stolen from the employee's vehicle. The vehicle suffered $425 in damage to the right side passenger window.

The same Astro van was later recovered by the Durham Police Department at 3540 Kangaroo St. Malcolm Shawn Hubbard, 25, of 1835 Cheek Rd., Apartment 18-C, was arrested March 10 and charged with two counts of breaking and entering a vehicle and one count of felony larceny. Hubbard also has over 20 charges filed against him by the Durham Police and the Person County Sheriff's Office. His bond is currently $97,500, but he is being held without bond on the Person County charges.

Police respond to fire at baseball field

At 3:43 p.m. March 12, Duke police responded to a brush fire located at Jack Coombs Field, behind the covered baseball stands. Durham Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire during an ongoing baseball game. The fire burned approximately one half of an acre of the wooded area. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Man with dog trespassed from campus

Duke police responded to the Bryan Center at 3:48 p.m. March 8 in reference to a person with a dog. Subsequent investigation resulted in Oleg Zur, 63, of 2613 Acadia St., being charged with trespassing. He was given an April 15 court date. It was also learned that Zur had an outstanding warrant in Orange County for public nudity in a state park. He was turned over to Durham Police to serve the outstanding warrant.

Plaque lifted from Chapel

An employee reported that between noon Feb. 28 and noon March 3, someone stole from the Duke Chapel a $1,060 bronze plaque, commemorating the McClendon family donation for the Chapel elevator.

Car broken into in Edens lot

A student reported that between 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. March 7, his vehicle was parked in Edens C parking lot when a $150 window was broken, and $500 in damage was done to the driver's side door. His $17 portable CD player and $5 spiral notebook were stolen.

Man exposes himself to employee

An employee working the exit booth at Parking Garage II reported that at 4:30 p.m. March 9, a male pulled up to her booth in a green 1997 Ford Explorer, N.C. license number MRD 2564, and exposed himself to her. Subsequent investigation resulted in a warrant being obtained for Craig D. Aberndschein, 38, of 2700 Culberson Ln., Lot 9, in Haw River, N.C., for indecent exposure. He had left the area prior to the warrant being obtained.

Computer monitor stolen

Sometime between 6 p.m. March 7 and 10:09 a.m. March 10, someone entered CARL Building, lab 043, and stole a $400 NEC 15" flat panel computer monitor.

License plate snatched from Beta lot

A student reported Oct. 13, 2002, that her $25 N.C. license plate-PYA1951 was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the Beta lot. Employee Robert Earl Jenkins, 34, of 602 Dowd St., Apartment A, was charged March 6 with possession of stolen property, after it was discovered that he was displaying the student's license plate on his personal vehicle.

Car damaged in Eye Center lot

A visitor reported that between 2:20 and 4:30 p.m. March 11, her vehicle was parked in the Eye Center parking lot when someone broke a $300 window, caused $300 in paint damage and stole her $200 Eddie Bauer leather briefcase, five CDs valued at $100 and keys worth $45.

Locker entered in Duke North

Someone entered an employee's secured locker in Duke Hospital North, room 7743, sometime between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. March 11, and stole $18 in cash. There were no signs of forced entry.

Speakers pilfered from desk

An employee reported that between 5 p.m. March 10 and 8 a.m. March 11, someone stole her $50 computer speakers from her desk located near 106 Building D of the Levine Science Research Center.

Student reports stolen wallet

A student reported that between 12:15 and 9:30 p.m. March 12, she believes that her $30 wallet-containing $20 cash, credit cards and driver's license-was stolen from her purse. She said her property was stolen from either room 0049 or 315 Biological Sciences Building.

Patient reports cash taken

An Emergency Department patient reported that between 6 and 10 a.m. March 11, someone stole $148 in cash from his wallet.

Student reports key scratch damage

A student reported that between 7:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 13, her vehicle was parked in the Card Gym lot, but when she returned to her vehicle, she found a nasty note on her front windshield from the operator of a vehicle parked next to her. She checked her vehicle for damage and discovered a key mark on both the front and rear passenger doors. Damage was estimated at $150.

Man trespassed from Civitan Building

At 2:13 p.m. March 12, Duke Police responded to the Civitan Building front patio in reference to a suspicious person. Subsequent investigation resulted in Gary Brian Willoughby, DOD Aug. 6, 1957, of 6007 Big Oak Drive, being charged with trespassing. He was place under a $500 secured bond, and given April 9 court date.

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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