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Police Reports 10/6

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GRCC Student damages parking ramp gate  

At 7:48 a.m. Oct. 3, an Ellis Parking manager contacted Grand Rapids Community College police to report a damaged gate arm on level five of the Bostwick Ramp exiting onto Ransom Avenue.

The responding police officer checked the surveillance footage of that area and saw at 7:11 p.m. Oct. 1, a student between the ages of 18 to 25, shirtless and wearing brown khaki pants and grey shoes lifting the gate arm.

The student lifted the gate high enough to let his car through and then proceeded to get out of his car, once he drove through, to force the gate arm back down to it’s original position.

The student had used a RaiderCard to enter the ramp earlier.

The police officer requested other officers be on the lookout for a white, four-door Jeep with a brown canvas top and aluminum wheels.

Traffic & Safety Control Systems were contacted by the police officer to inspect and repair the damaged gate arm. It was determined the cotter pin on the gate arm was damaged due to the raising and lowering of the gate arm. The cost to repair the gate was $73.50. If the student is found, he will have to pay it.


Woman asked to leave after found sleeping on the south side of Main Building

At 8:20 a.m. Sept. 29, a GRCC police officer was patrolling through level G-2 of the Main Building when he saw a woman wrapped in a blanket and smoking a cigarette.

The officer spoke with the woman and asked what she was doing in the building. The woman explained she was homeless and “just came in to go number two.” She stayed at Fountain Street Church and needed to use the bathroom. She wasn’t able to stay at Fountain Street Church the previous night because of overcrowding, so she came to GRCC.

The officer gave her a verbal warning for trespassing and explained to her what property was owned by GRCC. He explained to her that Bostwick Commons was now GRCC property.

The woman understood and said she would spread the word to not enter GRCC buildings if they’re not a student. She proceeded to walk south toward Fountain Street Church.


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