Campus Crime - Week of 11/8/17 - The Herald: News

Campus Crime - Week of 11/8/17

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Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 5:11 pm

Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs.

Nov. 3, 2017

5:39 p.m.—University Police caught an 18-year-old male student stealing laundry from the Arkansas Hall laundry room after another resident reported his Nike windbreaker missing.

The victim’s roommate explained to Officer Zachary Wolverton that when he went to pick up their laundry he realized that his roommate’s jacket was missing from among the other clothes.

The victim described the jacket as a red and gray two-tone Nike windbreaker with an approximate value of $80.

Video footage shows the roommate enter and transfer the laundry to the dryers at 12:35 p.m.

At approximately 2:05, a different male student comes in and takes the laundry out of the dryer and places it in a pile on the table. Then at 2:21, the suspect enters the room.

Wearing khaki shorts and a blue Hawaiian shirt, the suspect takes the victim’s jacket from the pile of clothes and leaves after placing it in a bag. The laundry thief later returns to the scene to finish his own laundry. Then at approximately 4:54, the victim’s roommate returns and discovers the missing jacket.

Further video evidence led officers to the residence hall room of the suspect where o ffiers confronted him. When asked if he knew why they were there, the laundry thief said no.

Officers advised him it was regarding an incident in the laundry room.

He replied, “the red and gray jacket?”

The suspect then retrieved the jacket from his closet and handed it over. Officer Andy Thrasher also explained that he was observed on video taking another jacket from the laundry room.

The suspect then went and retrieved a gray “hoodie” that he had stolen.

Officers asked if there were any other stolen items in the room and advised he would face criminal charges if he was found on video stealing anything else.

He then admitted that he had taken something else “a long time ago” but claimed he did not remember what it was.

The owner of the Nike windbreaker did not wish to pursue criminal charges against the laundry thief but supported University sanctions.

The suspect was referred to Student Conduct for theft.

Nov. 4, 2017

9:30 a.m.—Two 18-year-old students, Jacob Ward and Austin Francis, were arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after they were caught smoking marijuana in the parking lot of Arkansas Hall.

Officer Sean Calaway was on patrol when he was flagged down by an RA regarding two individuals smoking marijuana in their vehicle in the parking lot. Officer Calaway approached the red Dodge Challenger and could smell marijuana before he reached the parked vehicle.

Francis was in the passenger seat and “barely” rolled the window down to talk to the officer. Calaway instructed him to roll it down all the way. When he did, the smell became much more obvious.

Both suspects admitted to smoking marijuana but said there was no more in the vehicle since they had smoked it all. They then handed over two pipes and a marijuana grinder before officers searched the car. The search yielded no further contraband besides a package of grape-flavored rolling papers.

Both students also admitted they regularly smoke marijuana 3-4 times a week. In addition to being arrested, they were referred to Student Conduct for a drug violation. 

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