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Crime blotter

Chat spat

An online friendship led to persistent unwanted telephone calls to a female student this month.

The student, who lives in a College Housing Northwest facility, complained on Feb. 11 she had been unable to persuade the caller to stop telephoning. They had formed a friendship through a chat room and he had asked they talk voice to voice.

When his calls became persistent, she asked him to stop calling but he continued to call. He told her he was a graduate student at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala. An attempt was initiated from this end to make contact with the offending student.

Book scam

At 11:45 a.m. Feb. 12, campus officers were called to the PSU Bookstore on reports a man was standing outside asking students to sell books for him at the book buyback.

Officers found the man with several backpacks full of textbooks. He claimed they all belonged to him. However, he did not have a student ID. He was issued a written trespass from the bookstore and a verbal trespass from the campus.

Syringe spotted

Michael Reed, 26, was napping in a stairwell of Parking Structure 3 soon after midnight Feb. 24 when officers interrupted his snooze.

Unable to provide ID, he consented to a patdown search. He admitted to having a screwdriver in a pocket and when he pulled out the tool a syringe came out with it. It had been used for speed. He was cited for drug possession and transported to the county temporary booking facility.

Minor Lapses

Complaints of a noisy party in West Hall in the early morning of Feb. 10 brought officers knocking at the door of an apartment there.

The door was answered by a man holding a beer who appeared to be under the legal drinking age of 21. Karly D. Larsen, 18, joined the man at the door. She was known to officers from previous contacts and was a tenant at the hall. She admitted she had furnished beer to the three other occupants of the room.

Larsen was charged with furnishing liquor to a minor and a minor in possession of liquor but was not taken into custody. The other three 18-year-olds were released with verbal warnings.

Valentine rebuffed

A female staff member complained to Campus Public Safety about unwanted advances from a male. He had made unwanted contact with her at Millar Library Jan. 31 and followed her to a classroom at the Sixth Avenue Building.

When she discovered a note and a valentine in her mailbox on Valentine’s day Feb. 14, she consulted CPSO. The man was advised the woman did not want any further contact. The valentine was neither threatening nor romantic in nature, simply unwanted attention.

Stolen stuff

A coat was taken from a 1993 Chevrolet Corsica parked in the basement of Parking Structure 3 the morning of Feb. 14.

The thief damaged the passenger side rear window to gain entrance. The loss was estimated at $250.

A wallet and contents valued at $85 were taken from the Food Court in Smith Memorial Center about 2:20 p.m. Feb. 10. The property had been left unattended.

A thief cut a cable lock and took a bicycle from the bicycle storage area at the King Albert apartments about 3 p.m. Feb. 10. The owner valued the property at $390.

A purse was taken from an office on the fifth floor of the Education-Business Administration Building about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 15. It had been left unattended. The loss was valued at $40.

Machine Malice

A male student found a threatening message on his answering machine at his residence off-campus at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13. The message consisted primarily of name-calling. The recipient did not want to file either criminal or Student Conduct Code charges.