1. On Saturday, April 18 at 1:21 a.m., Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to the report of an attempted larceny at Hillside Market. Upon arrival, DPS was told by staff that an individual had taken a bottled drink and placed it into their sweatshirt pocket. The individual then went to exit the store without paying for the drink. Staff stopped the individual, who complied and came back into the store. The individual showed identification, and said they may have forgotten to pay for the drink. The individual was identified by DPS as a student and warned. The student was apologetic and stated it would not happen again. There were no criminal charges filed.


Verbal altercation at dance recital in Spurrier


2. On Sunday, April 19 at 6:10 p.m., DPS officers responded to the report of an altercation in Spurrier Hall. Upon arrival, officers found that half of the involved parties was leaving but they stopped that person to speak to them. The person who was leaving turned out to be an unaffiliated visitor. A student reported that they were watching a dance recital in Spurrier when the visitor came in, took a chair and sat in front of several people. The student stated that the student and the visitor were talking about moving the chair. The visitor refused and made some comments that could have been construed as threatening. The student then got up and called DPS. DPS spoke to the visitor, who admitted to making the statements. The student declined to prosecute, and the visitor was identified and escorted off of the property.


Pipe catches on fire, sets off Rush Rhees tunnel area smoke alarm


3. On Thursday, April 16 at 3:53 p.m., a smoke alarm went off in the Rush Rhees Library tunnel area. DPS and Rochester Fire Department (RFD) responded. Upon arrival, DPS found heavy smoke in the tunnel coming from a mechanical room. The room was closed off until RFD could respond. The surrounding areas were also closed off. RFD then entered the mechanical room to search for the cause, which was determined to be an old ventilation pipe that had filled with debris and leaves that had  somehow caught on fire. The pipe led into the mechanical room but was no longer in use. The small fire was extinguished and the areas were ventilated. There were no damages or injuries, and the tunnel area was reopened about two hours later.

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