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Man changes story about stolen property

An employee reported at 11:45 p.m. April 9 that a $10 set of car keys and an $80 Nokia cell phone were stolen from his jacket. The victim last saw the items at 7 p.m. April 9 when he was in the smoking area of Duke University Medical Center with one of his patients. The victim left his jacket in the smoking area and returned the patient to the second floor.

The victim said a man returned his jacket to him at approximately 11 p.m. When the victim asked the man where his keys and cell phone were, the man replied, "My son took your keys and cell out of the jacket and he left with his mother." The man told the victim he would be able to get the items back on Sunday when his son would come to visit him. When the officer spoke with the man, he changed his story several times and claimed that his son did not have the victim's property.

Man cited again for trespassing

A passerby reported at 9:30 p.m. April 10 that a suspicious person near the Bivens Lot was approaching people and asking for money. No suspect description was given. Units checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

A couple of minutes later, a student reported that a suspicious person near Randolph dormitory was asking for money. The student described the suspect as a black male, about 6'2", wearing a gray T-shirt and blue jeans. A subject fitting the description was located by officers in a parking lot near Whole Foods.

The suspect was identified as Willie Graham Burton, a 41-year-old black male residing at 410 Liberty St. Burton, who could not be reached for comment, had previously trespassed on Duke property. Burton admitted to being on University property asking for money and occasionally playing basketball on Duke property. He was issued an N.C. State Citation for misdemeanor Second Degree Trespass.

Misused procurement card leads to $7K headache

An employee reported at 10:20 a.m. April 9 that someone had misused a Duke Procurement Card. The card was used 22 times at various locations for purchases that were not job or work related. The card has been canceled. No reimbursement for charges, totaling $7,420.94, have been made at this time.

Student threatened by hammer-wielding woman

A student reported April 9 that an unknown female subject had communicated threats to him between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. April 4. The student said he was walking from Building D toward his car when he noticed a black female in her twenties swinging a hammer and striking a bicycle that was secured to a bike rack near the second-floor entrance to Building D.

The student approached the female subject to question her actions. The female became verbally abusive and backed the student against the wall while smacking the wall behind him. A male that was with the female intervened and pulled her away. Officers found a smashed $10 lock securing a teal and silver Magna brand mountain bicycle in the area described by the victim April 9.

Windshield broken, fist-sized rock found nearby

An employee reported at 8:31 a.m. April 9 that a vehicle parked in the lot near the Murry Building on Whitford Drive had been damaged. The damage, which included a broken windshield and trim and was estimated at $500, occurred between 10 p.m. April 8 and 6:20 a.m. April 9. A fist-sized rock was found at the scene.

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