News

Crime and Incident

Medical

Sept. 18, 2011

Carnegie Mellon Police and EMS were called to Morewood Gardens at 3:18 a.m. for a student who had punched a mirror and cut his hand. The student denied being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and stated that he’d had a bad day and lost his temper. He was transported to UPMC Shadyside Hospital.

Harassment by Communication

Sept. 18, 2011

At 11:33 p.m., a student reported that he had received a series of anonymous calls from a blocked number, in which the caller was claiming that the iPhone belonging to the student was the caller’s and had been stolen. The caller threatened the victim and, in one of the calls, purported to be a Pittsburgh Police officer. University Police contacted Pittsburgh Police and learned that their agency was not involved. The victim was advised not to give out any information and to contact his phone company to block future calls from that source.

Theft

Sept. 19, 2011

University Police received a report that an Entropy+ employee was involved in a theft of over $600 from the establishment. A detective followed up on the case and obtained a signed confession. Theft charges were filed.

Vehicle Accident

Sept. 19, 2011

At 11:33 p.m., Carnegie Mellon Police were dispatched to Fifth Avenue and Bouquet Street for a report that a dark-colored SUV had sideswiped a shuttle bus and fled the scene. The driver and the student passenger were not injured, and the bus suffered minimal damage. The SUV suffered a broken rear-door window. The vehicle was not located.

Fire

Sept. 20, 2011

At 6:20 a.m., Carnegie Mellon Police and the Pittsburgh Fire Department responded to the FMS Building due to a fire in one of the chiller motors at the facility. The fire was extinguished and there were no injuries.

Harassment

Sept. 20, 2011

A female student reported to University Police that at 11:52 p.m., she was walking on Fifth Avenue when an old, brown vehicle pulled alongside her and stopped. The three occupants, whom she described as scroungy, bald white males, stared at her but did not say anything. The student turned around and walked back toward Morewood Avenue. The vehicle followed her and pulled into her path as it turned into the loading dock area of the building located at 5000 Fifth Ave. The student ran across the street into Mudge House and contacted University Police. A search of the area by police proved negative.

Attempted Fraud

Sept. 22, 2011

At 10:18 a.m., a student came to the Carnegie Mellon Police station to report that he had been the intended victim of a fraud. The student had responded to a job ad on TartanTrak for a company called Prime Evaluators, Inc. The student was later contacted by a person posing as a company representative, who told him that he had been selected to participate in a “test transaction.” The caller explained that the student would receive a FedEx package in the mail with a check from an unknown company. The student was told to deposit the check and send 90 percent of the proceeds to a specified party via Western Union and keep 10 percent as his commission. Investigation showed the check to be counterfeit. No loss was suffered by the intended victim.