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Missing wallet returned, trespasser found in fitness center and more vandalism in Oct. 6-13 police reports

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GRCC Campus Police Building (Lucas Southwell/The Collegiate)

By Sherry Sokolowski

Trespassing man found lifting weights in the Ford Fieldhouse

On Oct. 6 at 8:45 a.m. Officer Timothy Nelson was driving down Lyon Street when he was waived down by a Grand Rapids Community College custodian. He told Nelson that there was a man trespassing on GRCC property who was lifting weights at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. Officers had previously interacted with the man on two separate occasions. 

Officer Robert Peters met Nelson at the Fieldhouse to assist in the situation. They found the man, who is not a student at the school, in the weight room lifting weights. The officers asked him to stop and explained that he was trespassing since he was not a student. He said he was still trying to enroll in classes and he was “on his way to pay his bill.” 

The officers explained that he would have to stay off campus property unless he was a student and could potentially be arrested for trespassing in the future. He said he understood and that he would not come back. 

Student vandalizes sidewalk with an electric scooter

At 11:43 a.m. on Oct. 7 Officer Timothy Nelson went to the DeVos Campus to investigate a destruction of property report that occurred that morning. A GRCC custodian left Steven C. Ender Hall around 10:30 a.m. and noticed black marks drawn on the sidewalk in inappropriate shapes.

Nelson met the custodian at the location and was shown the black marks left on the sidewalk. There were two more at the front of the building but another GRCC custodian said he had already washed those off.

Nelson later reviewed the security footage covering the area, and found that a man arrived on the scene at 7:39 a.m. on a Spin electric scooter and left it in front of the building. The same man left the building at 10:07 a.m. and got back on the scooter. A few minutes later, he began using the front tire to make the markings. He did this for a few minutes and then left the area eight minutes later.  

Nelson contacted Spin to get the rental information about who rented the scooter in an attempt to identify the man. At this time, he is still waiting for a response to create a supplemental report. 

Missing wallet returned to owner

On Oct. 11 around 10:22 a.m. Officer Michelle Tett was dispatched to a report of a wallet that was found. After inspecting the wallet, a woman’s drivers license and $900 in cash were found inside. Due to the large amount of money, Officer Martin Ruiz and Tett decided to bring the wallet to her in person. The officers went to the woman’s house and were instead met by the woman’s brother who said she was at work and they could find her there. The officers were able to meet with the woman who reclaimed the wallet and determined that nothing was missing.

Handicap pole hit at the Lakeshore campus

On Oct. 13 Officer Ryan Ford went to the Lakeshore Campus to respond to a report made by a caller that a woman struck a handicap pole with her vehicle. The pole was knocked over and the cement at the base was damaged, but it was put back into place. An email with pictures of the damage was sent to Ford, along with photos of the license plate and insurance card for the report.

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