Police Blotter: Sept. 11-17

Monica Ruiz

Bottle bashing
Sept. 11, 2011 — 3:52 a.m
Location: Lot 34, near Innovation Village Apartments

A resident student called police because the rear driver side window of his gray Nissan was smashed.

Someone left a Budweiser bottle in the backseat of his car.

The student told police he didn’t know anyone who would do this. Police dusted the bottle for finger prints, but found nothing. Security camera footage didn’t show anyone busting the windows.

The student was left with damages of around $200.

Lesson learned: It’s always important to make sure there is nothing valuable left in your car. Although the student didn’t report anything missing, it could be possible that the basher thought something of importance was left in the backseat. Just keeping a messy car can easily make someone a victim of car vandalism.

Baker act I
Sept. 11, 2011 — 9:52 p.m.
Location: Innovation Village Apartments South

After a student confided to her friend that she had suicidal thoughts, her friend called police.

According to reports, the student said her “life wasn’t worth it and she was looking for a way out.” She also asked her friend to call her mom to tell her she loves her.

When police talked to the student she seemed “upset and depressed.” She told the officers the situation wasn’t a big deal and they had other things to worry about.

The officers transported her to South County Mental Center for evaluation.

Lesson learned: If you know someone who makes statements about hurting themselves, you need to tell an authority right away.

Disabled parking
Sept. 12, 2011 — 11:47 a.m.
Location: Glades Park Tower (GPT)

While an officer was on bike patrol, he noticed a female student pulling into a handicap parking spot. When the officer did a check on the permit, he found it belonged to a male.

The officer took the permit from the student and warned her of the future consequences.

She was given a dean’s referral.

Lesson learned: According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, “anyone who obtains or uses a permit that does not belong to them can be charged with a second degree misdemeanor – $1000 fine or up to 6 months in jail.” Parking a little closer on campus is not worth the hefty fine. Park in the spots students already paid for in their tuition.

Love, your new stalker
Sept. 13, 2011 — 3:29 p.m.
Location: Student Services/Starbucks

A resident student called police when he found a disturbing note left on the handle bars of his bike.

The note read: “Motherfucker, I know you have my bike. Just know I’m watching you, and I do plan on getting it back. Love, your new stalker.”

The student said he purchased his bike three years ago at a garage sale, and didn’t know anyone who would have wrote the note.

Police looked through surveillance tapes and couldn’t find anyone.

Lesson learned: Bikes look very similar. If you think someone took your bike, the first thing you should do is call police, not take matters into your own hands. Secondly, it’s important to register your bike with campus police so if it goes missing, they have some ground to help find it.

Just chillin’
Sept.14, 2011 — 12:43 p.m.
Location: NW corner of Broward Ave/Glade Rd.

FAU police were assisting Boca Raton Police in a traffic crash when they noticed a white man sleeping in a wooded area.

When police approached the 63 year old man, he gave his name, but couldn’t provide an I.D. According to reports, the man told police he is homeless and was trying to stay out of the extreme heat.

Because he had no need to be on campus, police issued him a trespass warning.

Lesson learned: If you see any suspicious person on or around campus, notify police.

Baker act II
Sept. 14, 2011 — 4:33 p.m.
Location: Student Health Services

Police was dispatched to the Counseling and Psychological Services in response to a Baker Act transport.

The counselor who called police requested a graduate student to be taken to South County Mental Health Center because of suicide thoughts.

Lesson learned: If anyone hears someone talk about having thoughts of causing harm to themselves or others, tell someone immediately.

Traffic troubles
Sept. 16, 2011 — 10:02 a.m.
Location: 20th street

While patrolling Arts Avenue an officer noticed a driver not wearing his seat belt.

He pulled the commuter student over and did a search on his name.

Turns out the student is currently on probation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to reports, when the officer asked the student about his standing with probation, he said he was arrested in March for threatening his roommate with a knife.

The student was given a warning for not wearing a seat belt, but issued a student referral for not notifying FAU about his prior arrest.

Lesson learned: Sometimes getting pulled over for small things get you in bigger trouble.


Caught liquor handed
Sept. 17, 2011 — 12:30 a.m.
Location: Glades Park Tower

An FAU swimmer, along with five GPT residents, a commuter student and a non-FAU individual got busted for under aged drinking.

Police and resident assistants (RA) found a trash can with empty beer cans, a backpack with bottled beers and a gallon of liquor in the refrigerator.

The students poured out the rest of the alcohol they had and got student referrals.

The commuter student and the swimmer were both banned from all housing, and the non-FAU individual was banned from all campuses. FAU athletics department were notified about the incident.

Lesson learned: College students are going to drink. That’s inevitable. But if you’re an athlete, getting caught breaking a law could be detrimental. Losing a scholarship isn’t worth pounding back a few.