Crime Briefs

Screwdriver-wielding subject arrested

An employee reported at 9:49 a.m. Nov. 19 that a suspicious person was looking into vehicles in the parking lots on Research Drive. Officers responded and found Jeff Elliot (DOB April 6, 1986, 17 Zelko Ct.) in the Sands lot. A records check determined that Elliot had been previously trespassed from Duke property. Elliot, who was found in possession of a screwdriver, was arrested and charged with second degree trespassing and possession of burglary tools. Elliot, who could not be reached for comment, was placed under a $2000 secured bond. His court date is set for Dec. 15.

Attempted break-in cut short
A student reported what appeared to be an attempted breaking and entering at the Old Chemistry Building at 1:37 a.m. Nov. 22. The student said he was in the computer lab when he heard a noise. He looked up and saw an unknown man pry open the window and look inside. The man left when he saw the student in the room. The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s with a bald or shaved head.

BB or pellet gun may be behind broken glass
An officer reported damage to the front door of the IM Building at 10:50 p.m. Nov. 21. The officer found the glass broken on the right side door. The door was seen undamaged at 9 p.m. the same evening. The glass appeared to have been broken by some kind of projectile, possibly a BB gun or pellet gun. The damage is valued at $300.
A student reported damage to windows at Edens 1-C at 2:55 a.m. Nov. 23. The student reported that he heard something strike the glass and saw pieces of glass fall from a first-floor window. Officers checked the area and found two small chipped areas on a window consistent with damage from a BB or pellet gun. Damage to the window is valued at $200.

Student caught urinating near bus stop
Officers observed what appeared to be a man urinating on a tree near the West Campus bus stop at 2:04 a.m. Nov. 22. Officers stopped the man and issued a citation to Adam Pearse (DOB July 23, 1984, 302 Gilbert Addoms) for urinating in public, a city ordinance violation. Pearse could not be reached for comment.

Student cited for underage possession of a malt beverage
While on patrol, officers saw a group of students outside a Central Campus apartment talking loudly and drinking at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 22. Officers checked the identification of the students and cited Patrick Erker (DOB April 6, 1984, 316 Southgate Dorm) for underage possession of a malt beverage. Erker's court date is Dec. 9, 2003. Erker could not be reached for comment.

Officers issue citation for broken gate arm
Officers observed a male subject breaking the gate arm at Towerview and Wannamaker Dr. at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 19. The officers, who were assisting a motorist in the Blue Zone parking lot at the time, caught the person and cited him for misdemeanor Damage to Real Property. The student, who could not be reached for comment, is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.

Face-plate stolen from car
An employee reported Nov. 19 that someone broke into her 2001 Toyota Corolla in the 705 Broad St. parking lot. The employee said she parked her car in the lot at 7:30 p.m. The break-in was found at 8:50 p.m. The $100 passenger side window was broken, and a $275 Alpine stereo detachable face-plate was stolen.

Multiple thefts reported
An employee at a 2024 W. Main St. office reported at 3:54 p.m. Nov. 19 a number of thefts from the office. The latest theft was of a $180 Palm Pilot and two memory cards valued at $120. The employee said that a number of small items have been stolen from the offices in the past and never reported. There are no exact dates available on the thefts.

Tires flat, but apparently undamaged
A student reported that he found all four tires to his 1996 Toyota 4-runner were flat at 3:51 p.m. Nov. 21. The student reported that he parked his vehicle in front of Gilbert-Addoms dorm at 5 p.m. Nov. 20. The tires did not appear to have been damaged.

Vehicle entered, nothing damaged, nothing stolen
A student reported a break-in to her 1995 BMW at 2 p.m. Nov. 21. The student reported that she parked the vehicle in the Blue Zone parking lot at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 19. She reported that she locked her car and closed the sunroof. When she returned she found the sunroof open and the door unlocked. The glove box door was open and it appeared that the vehicle had been entered and searched. Nothing was missing from the vehicle and no damage was done.

Extension ladder filched
A contractor reported the theft of a 40' aluminum extension ladder from outside House GG1 Nov. 22. The contractor reported that he left two ladders outside the building at 5 p.m. Nov. 21. When he returned at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 22 a $340 ladder was missing.

Car looted but undamaged
A visitor reported a break-in to her 2000 Mitsubishi, which was parked on Chapel Drive, Nov. 23. The visitor reported that she and three friends arrived on campus to attend a party at 10 p.m. Nov. 22. When they returned to the vehicle at 2:06 a.m. they found that someone had entered the car and stolen two $12 disposable cameras, a $30 black cell phone case, a $20 black purse, a $45 pair of new Air Force One sneakers and an $80 black Steve Madden coat. The vehicle may have been unlocked. There was no damage to the vehicle.

Cell phone stolen
A security officer reported a break-in to a 2002 Ford Explorer at the parking lot on Hillsborough Road at 1:39 p.m. Nov. 21. The owner was contacted and reported that she parked the vehicle in the lot at 9 a.m. Nov. 21. The passenger side window and driver side door were damaged and a $100 Alltel cellular phone was stolen. The damage to the vehicle is valued at $300.


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