Crime and Incident: Special Edition

Each week, The Tartan collaborates with University Police to report on the latest incidents occurring on and near campus. But, for this issue, The Tartan has compiled a special edition of the Crime and Incident section; these are some of the more notable reports of the section from the past semester.


Jan. 19, 2011

At approximately 8 p.m., police responded to a burglary in the West Wing dormitory. A female student reported that she awakened to find a male intruder in her room. At the time, he was in possession of the victim’s laptop computer. The victim asked the intruder what he was doing in her room, and he replied that he wanted to look at her computer. The intruder then dropped the computer and fled the room.

Bomb Threat

Feb. 1, 2011

A bomb threat was phoned in to the desk attendant at Mudge House. Upon further investigation, officers found out that the caller was one of the desk attendant’s friends, trying to pull a prank on her.

Suspicious Person

Feb. 17, 2011

There was a report of a suspicious male in the Purnell Center basement who was confused and would not respond to questions. It was determined that this incident was related to a call that the Pittsburgh police were investigating regarding a missing autistic teen. Pittsburgh police were contacted and the teen was turned over to them.

Suspicious Activity

Feb. 22, 2011

Police responded to the Gates Center for a report of someone using one of the public bathrooms as an office and spending several hours a day there. Upon arrival, University Police spoke with the involved party, and a referral was made to Student Life.

Suspicious Activity

Feb. 23, 2011

ISS workers reported that someone was whispering to them through the vent in a women’s bathroom in Wean Hall, harassing and frightening them.

Suspicious Activity

Feb. 23, 2011

There was a report that an ISS employee was being harassed by a mysterious voice while in the sixth-floor Wean Hall women’s bathroom. This is the second time this has been reported.

Bank Robbery

Feb. 28, 2011

University Police, along with Pittsburgh police, responded to Forbes Avenue between Craig Street and Morewood Avenue for a report of a bank robbery that occurred at the PNC branch at 4612 Forbes Ave. The suspect was apprehended while on a PAT bus parked on Forbes near Morewood.

Public Drunkenness

March 27, 2011

While on patrol, a University Police officer noticed a male walking on the sidewalk on Forbes Avenue. The male approached a Vocelli Pizza delivery car that was stopped at a red light. He then opened the vehicle’s front and rear passenger doors and walked away. The male was stopped by police and, upon further inspection, was found to be intoxicated. He was issued two citations.


April 1, 2011

Officers responded to a materials science lab in Wean Hall for a report that a 1x1-inch sheet of platinum had been stolen.


April 14, 2011

Officers working the Big Boi concert during Carnival observed an intoxicated male fighting in the crowd in front of the stage. The officers removed the male from the crowd and arrested him for public drunkenness, underage drinking, and disorderly conduct.

The male provided false identification at the time of his arrest and was subsequently charged with carrying false identification.