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Police Reports: September 12-18

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Grand Rapids Community College Police Department Campus Police building located at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Jacquelyn Zeman/The Collegiate)

Vehicle damaged in the Bostwick Parking Ramp

At approximately 12:35 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2018 a Grand Rapids Community College Police Department officer was met by a male victim in the department’s lobby claiming his car had been scratched by a sharp object while parked on level four of the Bostwick Parking Ramp. The owner of the vehicle reported that he parked in the parking ramp around 9:35 a.m. and received a Snapchat message from a friend that showed his car had been damaged.

The officer walked with the victim to his car and upon arrival saw the hood of the car had two large scratches in the form of an “X” about 16 inches long and a scratch on the driver’s side door about two feet long. The officer deduced that the scratch was fresh since the paint chips from the scratches were still on the car.

The owner of the vehicle reported to the officer that while his friend was taking the Snapchat photo of the damaged car, a man walked up to him and asked if he was the owner of the car. The man replied that he wasn’t but the car did belong to his friend. The man went on to call the owner of the car a derogatory term and walked away. The man was described as a young white man with dark hair and wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and a baseball hat.

The incident has since been closed due to lack of information.

Sneden RaiderCard reader damaged by vehicle

At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2018 a GRCCPD officer was dispatched to the Sneden parking lot after someone called to report they hit the RaiderCard reader on the Fulton Street exit with their vehicle’s mirror. Upon arrival, the officer met with the person who reported the damage. They explained that while they were exiting the parking lot, they hit the card reader then stopped  to report the damage.

The box the reader was mounted on was broken on impact and the card reader was hanging from its wires. The officer reported the damage to Ellis Parking and Student Life to get fixed and stayed at the parking lot exit until a representative from Ellis Parking showed up. The officer was informed by the Ellis Parking representative that they contacted Traffic & Safety, Inc. to repair the damaged card reader and mount.

Damage to solar picnic tables at Bostwick Commons

At 9:03 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2018 a GRCCPD officer noticed graffiti damage to both solar picnic tables at Bostwick Commons. The graffiti was in black permanent marker and consisted of inappropriate statements and derogatory terms directed at police. The officer who noticed the damage was not able to identify the exact time and date nor the person or people who caused the damage but did report it to GRCC facilities for cleanup.

Vehicle damaged in Bostwick Parking Ramp

At 12:16 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2018 a female GRCC student reported to a GRCCPD officer in the department’s lobby that when she got home from campus on Sept. 10, 2018, she noticed a note on her windshield that read, “Double parking (derogatory term)… guess where I put the scratch_LOL.” Upon reading the note, she inspected her car and noticed several scratches to the driver’s side rear bumper that she claims was not there before. On Sept. 10, she parked her vehicle on level two of the Bostwick Parking Ramp and immediately went to class, and after class left the parking ramp without noticing the note.

The officer asked the woman if she was sure the scratches were not there before the Sept. 10 and she replied that she washes her car every week and had not noticed those scratches on her car before. The officer informed the student there would be a police report documented if she needed it for insurance purposes. The case has since been closed.

Possible larceny within the GRCC Information Technology department

At approximately 11:50 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2018 a GRCCPD officer met with an employee in the GRCC IT department to discuss the possible theft or misplacement of an Oculus Virtual Reality headset and two controllers. The reporting IT employee stated the headset and controllers used on occasion by the Computer Information Systems department during trade shows or recruiting events for the program and are stored in a locked cabinet in one of the CIS classrooms in the Applied Technology Center. The employee also stated that the last time the headset and controllers were used outside of the classroom was in April at DeVos Place for a show, but were placed back in the cabinet after use.

The headset and controllers were recently requested by the CIS department for an event but noticed one of the headsets and set of controllers were missing when they tried to retrieve them.

The GRCCPD officer spoke with both department heads from the CIS and IT departments and an email was sent to everyone in the department about the missing equipment. It was reported that the equipment was received through a grant and faculty members are encouraged to use them at home to familiarize themselves with the technology. The headset and controllers remain missing and the case has been closed until more information is received from either department.

Larceny report by GRCC student

At approximately 3:26 p.m. on Sept. 14 a female GRCC student asked to speak to a GRCCPD officer regarding her lost wallet. She had been to the department the previous day, Sept. 13, asking if anyone turned in her pink Michael Kors wallet/wristlet. No one turned in the wallet the previous day nor did anyone on Sept. 14. The student asked to make a larceny report on the wallet since the last time she remembered seeing the wallet was in the English Lab the previous day between 9:15 a.m. and 9:55 a.m.

The officer asked the student to retrace her steps to remember where she had been that day. The student was first in the English Lab then had a class in Cook Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. She did not notice her wallet was missing until after 1:45 p.m. She went on to another class from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. then looked for her wallet in her car. After an unsuccessful search, a friend suggested she report the wallet missing at GRCCPD.

In speaking with the student, the officer asked if she had made any phone calls about cancelling any credit or debit cards that were in the wallet. She had not but would do so after speaking to the officer. The wallet contained $130, a debit card, two driver’s licenses, a social security card and other cards and papers. The officer advised the student to check with her bank about fraudulent charges to her account. In the event there were, a report would have to be filed with the corresponding department which had jurisdiction over the location in which the card was fraudulently used.

The student also reported a bizarre interaction she had with another female student while in the English Lab. She stated that while she was in the lab, a female student sat two seats away from her and began asking her questions about how to open Microsoft Word. The student thought it was bizarre because she assumed everyone knew how to open the computer program. The officer reminded her that prior to attending GRCC not every student has had regular access to computers. After speaking to the student the officer asked another officer about accessing the English Lab sign in roster, but there was not enough evidence to obtain that information.

Report of stolen wallet from an open car

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2018 a GRCCPD officer was dispatched to the department’s lobby to speak to a male student who reported his wallet was stolen out of his car the previous day, Sept. 14.

The student reported he parked his car on the north side of John Street, adjacent to the Spectrum Theater parking lot at 160 Fountain Street, at 12:45 p.m. When he returned to his vehicle at 4 p.m. that same day, he noticed his wallet was missing. The wallet was left on the driver’s seat and the window was rolled down completely due to a mechanical error. The wallet contained a debit and credit card, license and a student ID card.

The student reported his cards stolen but before they were cancelled there were $600 charged to the card from “The Rapid” in multiple charges. The officer asked the student to provide the numbers of the stolen cards in order to contact The Rapid about the charges. The case was closed on Sept. 17 since the student did not receive an email with the numbers or further information.

Suspicious situation reported at Library and Learning Commons

At 3:58 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2018 a GRCCPD officer was dispatched to the Library and Learning Commons bike racks regarding a possible theft of bike parts. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with two subjects who were attempting to change a flat tire. The subjects each had a bike, one with a missing kickstand and back tire. One of the subjects was attempting to change the flat tire while the other used a nearby restroom and that’s when someone reported the possible theft of bike parts, according one of the suspects. The officer checked each of the subjects in the Law Enforcement Information Network and no warrants were outstanding for each of them. The subjects left after the tire was fixed.

Trespassing on the Student Center building

At 8:47 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2018 a GRCCPD officer was dispatched to the second floor of the Student Center with a report of a man sleeping on the benches. Upon arrival, the officer found the subject sleeping on one of the wooden benches. The male subject had a Butterworth Spectrum Hospital bracelet and seemed to have urinated on himself. The officer requested backup to speak to the man. When backup arrived the man became uncooperative stating he was leaving and attempted to stand. The officers assisted the man in sitting down and asked for his identifying documents. Since the man did not have any documents on his person, the officers identified him from the hospital bracelet he was wearing.

A search in LEIN returned that the man had two outstanding warrants – one in Grand Rapids for alcohol possession with a 100 mile pickup range in a park and the other out of Lansing, Michigan for littering with a 25 mile pickup range. GRCCPD officers contacted the Grand Rapids Police Department regarding the warrant from Grand Rapids and arrested the man. The warrant out of Lansing, Michigan was out of range for pickup. Before leaving with GRPD, the GRCCPD officers gave the man a verbal warning about trespassing on GRCC property and informed him on the boundaries and trespassing policies.

Traffic stop at Lyon Street

At approximately 2:05 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2018 while on mobile patrol, a GRCCPD officer witnessed a black Chevrolet Cobalt driving the wrong way, eastbound on Lyon Street. The officer stopped the vehicle and asked the male driver for his license. The driver admitted he was driving with a suspended license. The officer arrested the driver on the scene and cited him for driving with a suspended license and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. The driver was immediately released and was told he would not be able to drive the car himself. He was given an explanation of the citations and was told to appear in court in 10 days following the incident.

Stolen bicycle from Ransom Street reported

At 4:07 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2018 a GRCCPD officer met with a male student at the campus police department to discuss the student’s stolen bike from the previous day. The student stated he left his blue and silver Mongoose mountain bike on the bike rack on the northeast corner of the Student Center Building unlocked from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. When he returned the bike was missing from the bike rack.

The officer advised the student to call campus police if he saw anyone riding the bike on campus and to refrain from directly communicating with anyone riding the bike unless absolutely necessary. The officer checked the security camera footage of the bike rack and did not see anyone ride a bike with the description given to or from the bike rack during the times the victim gave the officers. The case has since been closed.

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