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Police Reports Feb. 12 through Feb. 16

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GRCC Campus Police Building photo by Tessa Osborne.

By Sherry Sokolowski

Subject Trespassing on GRCC Property

At 12:21 p.m. on Feb. 12, Officers Zack Penniman and Ryan Ford were dispatched to a trespassing complaint in Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall. The suspect was sitting at the tables in Winchester Alley, near the south side of the cafeteria. The officers told the suspect that she was trespassing and had been given several prior warnings for trespassing on GRCC property before. Officer Penniman told her that if she were to come on GRCC property again, she would be cited for trespassing. Dispatch advised that the suspect had several warrants – two out of the Grand Rapids Police Department – and confirmed they were still valid. Officer Penniman handcuffed the suspect and informed her that she was under arrest. Once they were back at the GRCC Police Department, Penniman began to inventory her items. Because the suspect had so many items, she was transported to the Kent County Correctional Facility where her items were inventoried. After that, she was released into custody. 

GRCC Student at M-TEC reports giving $80 to panhandler who promised to repay him

At 2:50 p.m. on Feb. 15, Officer Kam Robles was dispatched to a suspicious incident report from a GRCC student at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC building. The student told Officer Robles via a phone call that he was approached by a male asking for money to help him return to Chicago. The man also claimed that he was having troubles with his car and he left it in a gas station parking lot near Cadillac Drive SE. The student walked with the man to the gas station and gave him $80. When they arrived, it became clear to the student that the man did not have a vehicle parked at the gas station, but was thankful for the money. He gave the student his name and phone number and left, claiming he was heading to a relative’s house and that he would repay him. Later, Officer Robles tried to call the phone number, but it was not in service. One hour after filing the report, the student emailed Officer Robles a screenshot of the man’s Facebook page. The screenshot revealed that both the student and the man had mutual Facebook friends. 

Bostwick Parking Ramp Vandalized

At 7:11 a.m. on Feb. 16, while patrolling the fourth level of the Bostwick Street parking ramp, Officer Paul Coulson found a yellow and pink paint graffiti that said “PYIX” with a smiley face sticking its tongue out. Officer Coulson notified the GRCC Facilities Supervisor and noted that the estimated cost of clean-up will be $100.00 with time and materials. This incident was then closed with no further follow-up.