Campus Safety Week in Review: May 9-21, 2017

This week in Campus Safety news: Several vehicles are broken into around campus, a desktop computer is stolen from Mortvedt Library, and multiple performing arts spaces are vandalized. Explore our interactive incident map to learn more.

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Incidents by date:

5/9 Yakima Ave Vehicle Theft

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 12600 block of Yakima Avenue South, West side
Description: A student reported that her vehicle had been stolen while parked along the Golf Course Fence Line on Yakima Ave S. Campus Safety officers and Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies responded to document the incident. Campus Safety officers reviewed surveillance camera video footage and discovered that the vehicle had been taken by an unknown male individual on May 8, 2017 at 11:12 AM. Campus Safety provided the video evidence to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

 

5/10 Kelley Café Theft

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Kelley Café, Morken Center for Learning and Technology
Description: Campus Safety received a report from a Kelley Café student-staff member that a theft had occurred the previous day. They reported they had observed another student take items without paying for them and then leave the area. The worker sent a message to the student asking if they had taken items, to which they replied they had. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/11 Harstad Lot Vehicle Prowl

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 12:10 AM
Location: Harstad Parking Lot
Description: A suspicious male was observed by Campus Safety Video Officers gaining entry into an unlocked vehicle in the Harstad Parking Lot. Campus Safety officers arrived to find the male exiting the vehicle. He refused to stop for officers and fled south on Park Avenue. A search of the area by Campus Safety officers and Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies yielded no results. Video clips of an accomplice vehicle and of the male were saved. The vehicle owner was notified by email.

 

5/11 Yakima Ave Vehicle Prowl

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 6:01 AM
Location: 12600 block of Yakima Avenue South, West side
Description: A student reported to Campus Safety that her vehicle had been prowled while parked overnight along the Golf Course Fence Line. Campus Safety officers reviewed video footage and found that an unknown white male had entered the vehicle at 6:01 AM, left the area after several minutes, then returned at 7:14 AM in an early 1990’s silver sedan. The individual took an item from the victim’s vehicle and left southbound on Yakima Ave S. The student was referred to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to file a report.

 

5/11 AUC Lot Property Damage

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: University Center Parking Lot
Description: Campus Safety responded to a report that a tree branch had fallen and caused damage to a vehicle parked in the Anderson University Center Parking Lot. The owner of the vehicle, a PLU staff member, was notified of the incident and responded to inspect her vehicle. Campus Safety officers photographed the damage.

 

5/11 South Hall Lot Vehicle Theft

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 7:13 AM
Location: South Hall Parking Lot
Description: A student reported that her vehicle was missing from its parking stall where she had parked it three days prior. Campus Safety security camera video review yielded footage of an unidentifiable male approaching the car on the morning of May 11, 2017 and leave with the car. The student was provided information on how to file a report with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

 

5/12 Harstad Alcohol Violation

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 11:30 PM
Location: Harstad Residence Hall
Description: While on routine patrol in Harstad Residence Hall, Campus Safety officers heard loud music coming from somewhere above the first floor. A passing resident reported to offers that there was a party occurring in a room. Officers responded to the room and confirmed loud music and several people talking within the room. Campus Safety officers and Resident Assistants contacted the occupants. Several empty beer cans and a few Solo™ cups were in plain view. A student-led room search was conducted resulting in the discovery of several alcohol policy violations. Campus Safety officers ensured that the alcohol was disposed of in accordance with PLU policy. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/14 Tingelstad Drug & Alcohol Violation

Date: May 14, 2017
Time: 10:30 PM
Location: Tingelstad Residence Hall
Description: During a routine internal patrol of Tingelstad Hall, Campus Safety officers overheard occupants of a room having a conversation that suggested they had either just used or were currently using illicit drugs. Officers requested Resident Assistants to assist in contacting the room. Inside the room they contacted the resident and several other students. A student-led room search was conducted yielding alcohol and drug policy violations. All alcohol and drug related items were discarded in accordance with PLU policy. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/14 Pflueger Drug Violation

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 1:35 PM
Location: Pflueger Residence Hall
Description: Campus Safety officers responded to assist a Resident Assistant with an odor of marijuana investigation. Campus Safety officers and the Resident Assistant contacted the residents of the room. The resident volunteered several policy violations when asked about the odor. A search was conducted and several marijuana-related policy violations and an alcohol violation were found. All alcohol and paraphernalia were disposed of in accordance with PLU policy. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/15 MBR Vandalism

Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 8:24 PM
Location: Practice Room, Mary Baker Russell Music Center
Description: Campus Safety was notified of a vandalism in an Mary Baker Russell Music Center practice room. A student reported finding graffiti with a black marker on a piano. There is no suspect information at this time.

 

5/16 South Hall Attempted Vehicle Theft

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: South Hall Parking Lot
Description: A student reported to Campus Safety that she found her vehicle with the door open and a key broken off in the ignition. She stated that the car had not been used since May 7, 2017. There was nothing missing from the vehicle. Campus Safety will review security camera footage for possible suspect information.

 

5/18 Library Theft

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM
Location: Mortvedt Library
Description: Campus Safety officers responded to a report from the library circulation desk that an unidentified male removed a desktop computer from the library and fled through the west-facing doors. A Help Desk worker indicated that he believed the suspect to be a known community member who frequently makes use of the library. Campus Safety officers patrolled the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the provided description. Campus Safety security camera video review of the area was inconclusive.

 

5/18 Eastvold Vandalism

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Description: Campus Safety was notified of vandalism in the Eastvold Auditorium. Photographs were taken of the letters “HTC” written in numerous locations. No suspect information at this time.

 

5/18 Stalking

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2017
Time: Not provided
Location: On-Campus, Not provided
Description: A student reported being harassed by a fellow student over the past several days. The respondent student aggressively tried to get the reporting person’s phone number and invaded her personal space to get her attention. The reporting student stated she has been very clear that she is not interested in speaking with the respondent student. The reporting student was offered services on campus and was encouraged to contact PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities to address the matter.

 

5/19 Kreidler Medical Aid

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 1:50 AM
Location: Kreidler Residence Hall
Description: Campus Safety officers responded to a medical aid call after a student had fallen down the stairs. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue also responded. At the scene, Campus Safety officers discovered that the student was intoxicated. Emergency Medical Technicians cleared the student to remain on campus. This incident has been forwarded to Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/19 Ramstad Harassment

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 11:15 AM
Location: Ramstad Hall, East Staircase
Description: Campus Safety officers were contacted by a student who reported that he was verbally harassed while in the staircase of Ramstad Hall by a group of unknown males. Campus Safety officers performed a walkthrough of the building but did not find anyone matching the given descriptions. The student was asked to contact with Campus Safety if he saw the group again. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilites for review and follow-up.

 

5/19 Harstad Lot Hit-and-Run

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Harstad Parking Lot
Description: Campus Safety responded to the Harstad Parking Lot to take a hit-and-run report. A student reported that her car received damage from an unidentified vehicle while parked in the the lot between 6:00 PM on May 17, 2017 and 5:00 PM on May 19, 2017. Campus Safety officers were shown damage on the driver’s door and fender. No suspect information is available at this time.

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