Police Blotter: April 30, 2013

This report is based on the information published by the University Police Department. Individuals arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 Fernanda Chamorro/Sun Star Reporter
April 30, 2013

Sex predator letter

Several people from Rural Student Services reported to police that they received a letter regarding a sexual predator claim. The letter was anonymous and it was nine pages stating that a certain 40-year-old non-affiliated man had committed sex crimes and mentioned supposed social website entries. Four similar letters were addressed to the RSS newsletter and three members of the RSS department. Police ran the man’s identity and searched for any past cases that could relate to it but did not find anything. The man had no open cases or pending charges. The investigation is on-going.

Boots with the green

A 34-year-old man with lime green bunny boots, who had been previously accused of disturbing people for yelling at vehicles as they passed by, walked up to a female student in the Rasmuson Library and told her she was being “fucking damn loud” because he thought she was turning the pages too loud as she was reading on the fifth floor. Police had previously received footage of a suspicious man in green bunny boots at the library and the when the woman reported him, police were able to match up the descriptions. The woman said that if police found him, she did not want to press charges, but she wanted police aware of what the man was doing in the library. Police did not find the suspect but the library staff later reported seeing him. Officers found him. He had no affiliation with UAF and was trespassed from all UAF property.

Bike thief discovered

Police found the man responsible for the theft of several bicycles and bike parts in the past months. A man reported to UAFPD that his blue Giant mountain bike had been taken from a bike rack near Skarland Hall around March 23. Police reviewed video footage, which showed an individual walking up and taking the bike. Officers followed his trail through the Upper Dorm woods, toward MacLean House. An officer found a spray-painted bicycle locked to a pole next to MacLean.

The officer asked a passerby who the bike belonged to and they said it belonged to someone living in MacLean. The officer knocked on the suspect’s door and as he spoke with the man, he could see bike parts inside his room. The suspect claimed the bike was his and he had found it in the woods last fall and that he spray-painted it then. The officer pointed out that the man had spray paint on his hands and the suspect said it was from painting the bike parts. The man said he bought the other bikes and parts from Craigslist. The officer asked him what the original color of the spray-painted bike was and the man answered blue. It matched the description of the man who reported his stolen bicycle. The suspect had his car parked outside which contained more bike parts and accessories. As the officer continued to question him, the suspect admitted to having taken the bikes and parts and told the officer where he took them from. The man has pending charges for theft of each of the bikes and parts.

Police ask that victims who had their bikes or bike parts stolen please come to the police station to pick them up. UAFPD has two bikes, handlebars, seats, wheels and tires. One of the bicycles is an older model white Takara road bike and another is a red Trek high-end bike that was stripped to the frame on West Ridge. They have yet to be claimed.

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