1. Staff members from the UR bookstore contacted UR Security on Jan. 28 at 4:45 p.m. after an individual tried to leave the store without paying for the items that he had in his possession.
According to UR Security Investigator Daniel Lafferty, after staff members approached the suspect he put the items back and left the bookstore via the Dandelion Square entrance.
It was after the suspect left the bookstore when staff members called Security.
The stolen items turned out to be four calculus textbooks.
The security officers checked the immediate and surrounding areas for the suspect, but they found nothing.
2. Laptop and backpack stolen from Rush Rhees
Officers responded to a call from a graduate student at Rush Rhees Library who reported that her laptop and backpack were stolen from a second floor study area on Jan. 29.
According to Lafferty the student’s belongings were unattended and unsecured when she left between the hours of 9:40 p.m. and 11:18 p.m., and upon her return she found that her items were stolen.
In addition to the laptop, an iPod Touch and her wallet, which contained cash, credit cards and personal identification, were inside the backpack when it was stolen.
Currently, no police report has been filed.
3. Fire alarm activated
Security officers responded toa fire alarm in Gilbert Hall on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:10 a.m., according to Lafferty.
When the officers reached the scene they detected the odor of smoke and found heavy smoke as well as a burning trash receptacle inside the handicap restroom, which was next to Stairwell A.
The officers used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire and opened the area next to the exterior doors to ventilate the smoke.
The all-clear was given after the Rochester Fire Department crew arrived and assessed the scene. Students were given permission to re-enter the building after the system was reset.
The cause of the fire was not found. Other than the trash can and a scorch mark on the wall where the trash basket had been, there was no damage.
4. Trespasser steals skis and equipment bag
The Rochester Police Department arrested Fallie Johnson, 22, of Rochester, for trespassing on the UR River Campus on Jan. 28. Johnson was released by the police on an appearance ticket.
Johnson and another individual stole skis and an equipment bag from outside of Todd Union.
The theft was witnessed by the student who owned the skis and the equipment bag while standing outside of the building. He went to confront the suspects, who put down the items and kept on walking.
The student recovered his belongings and called Security. The officers found the two suspects and discovered that one of the suspects had been banned from the property on a prior occasion.
The student chose not to press criminal charges.
The suspect who was banned from the property was arrested and both of the suspects were given ban forms.
Berkowitz is a member of
the class of 2012.
by UR Security