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Graffiti in WEL refers to sexual assaults

Students in the West-Edens Link discovered graffiti on the wall of a bathroom in the WEL at 10 p.m. April 3. The graffiti was written in black ink and made reference to recent sexual assaults. Responding officers interviewed residents and collected available evidence. This case is under investigation.

Audi driver issues threats after parking spot taken

Officers responded to the Bryan Center metered parking area to check on a reported parking dispute at 5:55 p.m. March 31. A student reported that she had been in the lot waiting for a space to clear for approximately 10 minutes. She had her turn signal on as a vehicle was exiting a space when a silver Audi approached from the opposite direction. As the student parked in the vacated space the Audi driver became irate and communicated threats of injuring her vehicle if she did not move.

The officers were able to locate the suspect's vehicle in the parking garage and attempted to locate and identify the driver of the suspect vehicle.

Woman assaults roommate in Central Campus apartment

A student reported at 1:21 a.m. April 3 that she was assaulted by her roommate in their apartment on Central Campus. The student said she and her roommate got involved in an argument over a visitor. During the argument, the roommate physically assaulted the victim by pushing her. The victim has declined to press charges at this time.

'Pinup Girls' purchase prompts credit card cancellation

A student living in the Yearby Street Apartments reported April 1 that someone made an unauthorized $4.95 purchase using his MasterCard credit card numbers on a "Pinup Girls" website. The victim canceled the card.

Visiting athlete seeks requital through theft

An employee reported at 4:04 p.m. April 2 that four Powerade drinks were stolen from a concessions stand at Wallace Wade Stadium. The employee said a member of a visiting track team reached over the counter, took the four drinks and ran off.

After contacting the coach of the visiting team, it was determined that another member of the team thought the concession stand had not given her enough change during a previous purchase and the drinks were taken to pay her back. The suspect returned three of the four drinks and paid for the fourth. No charges were filed at that time.

Employee's keys whisked away from Vivarium

An employee reported April 2 that her key ring was stolen from the Vivarium building. The victim said she last saw her keys at 11 a.m. April 2. The keys were missing at 1 p.m. the same day. The missing keys are valued at $36.

Unattended purse taken from Graces Cafe

A student reported April 2 that her brown woven purse was stolen from Grace's Cafe in Trent Hall. The student reported that she last saw her purse at a table at the cafe at 8:15 p.m. April 2. When she returned to her room at 8:55 p.m. the same day, she noticed her purse was missing. The purse and its contents, including a Sprint cell phone, a Spanish book and a key ring, are valued at $165.

Temp suspected of falsifying time cards since August

An employee reported at 11 a.m. April 2 that a temporary employee falsified her time cards while employed by Duke Temporary Services. The employee said that since Aug. 17 the temporary employee has turned in numerous time cards that appear to be forged. At this time the total amount of money received by the employee has not been determined.

Woman's purse too unwieldy for locker, not for thief

A student reported April 2 that her purse, containing a Clie palm pilot, a stethoscope, a textbook and other miscellaneous items, was stolen from the women's locker room at Duke Hospital. The student said her purse would not fit into her locker so she left it in the locker room between 12:15 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. April 1. When she returned to the locker room the purse was missing. The purse and contents are valued at $657.

Check cashed, but by whom?

An employee reported at 9:08 a.m. April 2 that a check was stolen from the mail. The employee said a $1,012 check was mailed to her Duke Clinics address March 17. When the check did not arrive, she called the issuer, who told her the check had been cashed. At this time there is no information on where the check was stolen from or where it was cashed.

Mobile clean machine rolls away

An employee reported at 12:21 p.m. April 1 that a $3,500 power washer was stolen. The power washer was last seen at the Housekeeping Warehouse on Hillsborough Road 10 a.m. March 26 and was found missing at 11 a.m. March 31. The "McFaralands" Model 3000 power washer is 3' by 5', weighs 150 pounds, is black with a tan gas tank and has four wheels.

BB or pellet gun suspected in car damage case

A temporary employee reported at 4:21 p.m. April 1 that his vehicle had been damaged while it was parked in the H Lot near Yearby and Anderson Street. He parked his vehicle 4:30 a.m. April 1 and returned 4:15 p.m. the same day. The rear window was shattered but intact and the trunk had a dent. The damage looked similar to the type of damage a BB or pellet gun would cause.

License plate lifted from car in PGI

An employee reported at 4:45 p.m. March 31 that his $25 license plate was stolen while his vehicle was parked in Parking Garage I. The plate was last seen on the vehicle at 9:50 a.m. March 31 and was noticed missing when the victim was leaving at 4:45 p.m. the same day.

Unknown caller has offers "deal" to employee

An employee reported at 11:25 a.m. March 31 that he had received harassing phone calls on his cell phone. The victim said an unknown person was repeatedly calling and leaving messages saying he had some type of deal for the victim. Officers are trying to determine who the caller is and where the calls are coming from.

Computer swiped near Chapel

A student reported at 5:09 p.m. March 30 that his $2,059 Dell D-60 Mainstream Notebook, $25 Duke computer case and three textbooks, valued at $150, were stolen from in front of the Chapel. The student was working at a registration table in front of the Chapel around 3 p.m. March 26 and left his computer and case under one of the tables. The student noticed the computer was missing around noon March 27.

Patient's coat and glasses taken, possibly by son

A patient reported that a $22 red and black coat and $150 pair of glasses were stolen from her room. The victim last saw the items in the room at 9:30 p.m. March 30 and discovered them missing at 10:14 p.m. the same day. The victim was unable to determine if the items were taken by her son, whom she left in the room while she was gone, or by someone else.

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