By Sherry Sokolowski
Two Chickens Found in Car in Parking Ramp
At 12:54 p.m. on April 19, Officer Kaye Newberry was dispatched to level 6 of the Bostwick parking ramp to locate a silver vehicle with two chickens inside. The birds were spotted by someone in the ramp who alerted police. Once she arrived, Newberry found two chickens perched together on a bucket in the rear seat. They appeared to be healthy and it was 55 degrees out, so there was no need to worry about overheating. There was a platform built for them in the passenger side window with chicken feces on it.
While clearing the scene, Officer Paul Coulson mentioned he spoke with a man on campus a week ago who had a chicken on his shoulder. When questioned, the man said it was his “emotional support animal” and he had PTSD from his experience in the military. GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman wanted this report forwarded to the college attorney to make sure they are aware of all support animals on campus.
Attempted Fraud at the Bookstore
At 1:09 p.m. on April 15, Officer Thomas Stasiak was dispatched to the GRCC Bookstore to investigate a report of possible fraud. Once at the scene, the manager said that a suspect who used fraudulent credit cards to purchase expensive items last year had returned and attempted to purchase multiple items.
The subject attempted to purchase a JBL speaker and an Apple watch. He first used a Chase debit card which was declined and tried to use a prepaid debit card, then stated he needed to check the balance of his account. He then left the store without telling anyone he no longer wished to purchase the items. The manager realized who he was and followed him out of the store until he ran into the Bostwick parking ramp.
Officer Stasiak then left the bookstore and began searching for the subject. He drove around downtown and through the main campus for around 20 minutes and was not able to locate the suspect.
Once Stasiak arrived back at the bookstore, he advised the manager to try to print off photos of the subject from a security video and if possible enlarge any facial shots so the photos could be distributed to all employees in case he returned. The manager and employees were also advised to call campus police if the suspect ever returns.
Tools Stolen From the Applied Technology Center
At 9:15 a.m. on April 25, a GRCC employee called into the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department to file a larceny report. Officer Martin Ruiz interviewed him over the phone. He said a Milwaukee tool bag containing two battery drills, a side battery wrench, spade bits of different sizes, and a box of RYOBI impact bits were stolen from the Applied Technology Center. He said he finished working and left the tools in the room on April 1. He returned back to work on April 5, around 11 a.m. to retrieve the tools and noticed they were missing. He checked with several GRCC employees in the building to see if anyone had the tools and nobody did. He said he waited a couple weeks to report the incident because he thought someone might have returned the tools in the meantime. He had no idea who might’ve stolen the tools and didn’t have any model numbers for them.