The independent news organization of Duke University



 Parking attendant assaulted over lot dispute

An event staff parking attendant reported at 7:09 p.m. March 3 that a vehicle driven by Roger Kaplan (DOB July 7, 1960, 23 Wilson St.) dragged him for about six feet after the attendant refused to let him park in the Gross Chemistry lot during the basketball game.

The attendant suffered minor injuries to his arm after his arm was caught in the window as the car was pulling off. As a result of the incident, a warrant was obtained on Kaplan for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The warrant was set to be served March 4. Kaplan could not be reached for comment.


 Wallet nabbed from commons room

A student reported March 3 the theft of her wallet from the commons room in House G. The student reported that she last saw her wallet around 1 p.m. Feb. 26. She noticed that the wallet was missing at 11 p.m. Feb. 28. The missing wallet and contents are valued at $35.


 Counterfeit money passed at clinic

A visitor reported March 3 that he received a counterfeit $5 bill as change from a Duke clinic. The visitor reported that he received the bill from a clinic on Pickett Road at 2 p.m. March 1. It is unknown at this time how the clinic came into possession of the bill.


 Unattended wallet lifted from clinic

An employee reported March 3 that her wallet was stolen from a clinic in Duke Clinics Building. The employee said she left her wallet on the desk at her work station at 10:40 a.m. March 3 for a few minutes while she was away from her desk. When she returned, her wallet was missing. The missing wallet and contents are valued at $87.


 Vehicle damaged in Blue Zone

A student reported March 5 that his 2000 Ford Mustang was damaged while parked in the Blue Zone parking lot. The student said he parked his vehicle in the Blue Zone at 7 p.m. Feb. 29. When he returned to his vehicle at 7 p.m. March 5, he found a dent and paint damage on the driver's door. The damage is valued at $300.


 Purses missing from K-ville

A student reported the theft her pocketbook, containing a wallet, $20 in cash, identification, credit cards and a cellular phone from a tent in Krzyzewskiville March 6. The student said she left the tent at 8 a.m. March 6 and left her pocketbook in the tent. When she returned to the tent at 11 a.m. the same day, the pocketbook was missing. The pocketbook and contents are valued at $240.

A student reported March 7 that her pocketbook, containing keys, two credit cards, $20 in cash, a Cannon cellular phone and a Powershot digital camera, was stolen from a tent in Krzyzewskiville. The student said she left the pocketbook in the tent at 8:30 p.m. March 6 while she attended the basketball game. When she came back to the tent at 11:30 p.m. the pocketbook was missing. The pocketbook and contents are valued at $560.


 BB gun found in visitor's vehicle

Officers responded at 7:07 p.m. March 6 to Towerview Road to a report of a vehicle with a visible weapon inside. When officers arrived they found a pump-action BB gun in a vehicle belonging to Christopher Sprague (DOB July 5, 1982, 1703 Cole Mill Rd.). Sprague consented to a search of his vehicle and no other weapons were found. Sprague, who could not be reached for comment, was cited for misdemeanor weapon on school grounds. His court date is set for April 22.


 Pocket picked at emergency department

A visitor reported March 6 the theft of $370 in cash from his pants pocket while he was a patient at the Duke Emergency Department. The visitor said he arrived at the ED at 10:30 p.m. March 5. When his clothing was returned to him at 8 a.m. March 6, the money was missing.


 Probation violator caught fishing money out of well

Officers responded March 6 to a report of a man taking money out of the fountain in the lobby of Duke Hospital. When officers arrived they found Leon Holeman (DOB Sept. 21, 1981, 611 Canal St., Durham) with coins from the fountain in his pocket. A records check on Holeman showed an outstanding warrant for probation violation. Holeman was transported to the Durham County Jail where he was charged with misdemeanor larceny and probation violation. His court date was set for March 11. Holeman could not be reached for comment.


 Callbox damaged at Southgate

A student reported damage to the intercom/telephone at the front of Southgate Dormitory at 1:03 a.m. March 7. The student reported that someone attempted to burn the telephone keypad on the phone, causing $50 in damage. There are no suspects at this time.


 Jeep vandalized on East Campus

A student reported March 7 that her 2002 Jeep Cherokee was damaged while parked at the rear of Jarvis Dormitory. The student said she parked her vehicle in the lot at 2 a.m. March 6 and returned to the lot at 7 a.m. March 7. When she returned to her vehicle she found a long scratch on both the driver's side front and rear doors. The damage to her vehicle is valued at $400.


 Mysterious caller harasses employee

A female employee at the North Pavilion reported that she received approximately 20 harassing phone calls between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. March 9. She stated that the caller would only breathe loudly over the phone before she would hang up.


 Chrysler missing from PG2

A visitor reported March 9 that her 1995 black Chrysler Cirrus was stolen from Parking Garage 2. She stated that she left the vehicle in the garage March 4 after it began to experience some mechanical failures. The victim stated that she had all of the keys for the vehicle at the time of the theft.


 Tires punctured on Duke vehicle

An employee reported March 10 that a Duke-owned 2001 Ford truck was damaged while parked on Edens Drive. The employee said he parked the truck on Edens Drive at 4 p.m. March 9. When he returned to the vehicle at 7 a.m. March 10, he found that all four tires had been punctured by a sharp object. Damage to the tires is estimated at $600.


 Vehicle scratched, tire valve caps stolen in med center garage

An employee reported damage to her 2003 Kia March 11. The employee said that during the past four days her vehicle has been scratched while parked in one of the medical center parking garages. The employee also stated that the $10 tire valve caps were stolen during this period. The damage to her vehicle is valued at $200.


 Two-time trespasser arrested on East

Officers on East Campus noticed a man acting strangely on the East Campus Quadrangle at 11:03 p.m. March 12. Officers stopped and checked Andre Roberts (DOB Dec. 29, 1961, 4335 Revere Road, Durham) and found that Roberts had been trespassed from Duke Nov. 27, 2003. Roberts was charged with second degree trespassing and transported to the Durham County Jail, where he was placed under a $500 secured bond. His court date is set for March 30. Roberts could not be reached for comment.


 Cell phone lifted from hospital

A student reported March 13 that his $200 Samsung cell phone had been stolen from Duke Hospital. The student said he last had his cell phone at 1 p.m. March 11 and noticed that it was missing at 7 a.m. March 12.


 Wallet thief takes paper and plastic

An employee reported March 12 that her brown leather wallet containing $34 in cash and a Visa credit card was stolen from Duke Hospital. The employee said she left her purse behind a trash can under a desk in her work area at 9 a.m. March 12. When she retrieved her purse at 4 p.m. the same day, she found her wallet was missing. The stolen wallet and contents are valued at $80.


 Cash filched from patients' purses

A visitor reported at 6:30 p.m. March 12 that an unknown amount of money was stolen from her purse. The visitor said the money was taken from her purse while she was a patient at Duke Hospital. The visitor could not determine when the money was taken or how much money was taken.

A visitor reported March 12 that $160 was stolen from her purse while she was a patient at Duke Hospital. The visitor said she had the money in her purse when she arrived at Duke at 1:30 p.m. March 10. The money was missing from her purse when she looked for it at 2 p.m. March 12.


Share and discuss “CrimeBriefs” on social media.