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Oct. 31: MISSING MAC

A backpack left unattended in the Food Zoo became easy prey for a thief. The backpack’s owner reported to University of Montana police that along with pens, pencils and a water bottle, the Food Zoo burglar also got away with a MacBook. No suspects have been identified, but all students, staff and faculty can register their electronics with UMPD at umt.edu/police/physical-security/default.php. Registered laptops will be placed in a national database that will alert authorities when stolen items appear online and in local pawn shops.


 

Oct. 31: SHELL SHOCKED

One conscientious shotgun owner didn’t want a surplus of shells falling into irresponsible hands, or bouncing around precariously in the garbage, so he dropped them off at UMPD headquarters. According to UMPD Lt. Brad Giffin, it’s a much safer alternative to just throwing shells and bullets into the trash. When asked how UMPD disposes of abandoned ammo, Giffin said, “We usually just shoot them.”


Nov. 1: DOPE IN DUNIWAY

It was your classic conduct referral in Duniway Hall: resident assistant smells weed, UMPD officers find weed, UM student surrenders weed.


 

Nov. 3: TIRED OF THIEVES

A visitor to campus was made welcome by having four tires stolen from the bed of his truck parked in Lot G. In preparation for the season, the F-250 owner swapped out his summer tires, thinking they’d be safe enough in the truck bed for a quick visit to UM. It ended up being a $4,000 mistake, and UMPD currently has no suspects.


 

Nov. 3: TICKET TO HIDE

Two people fell victim to a bogus ticket scheme that made its way onto the Adams Center Facebook page. Responding to an ad that offered discount tickets to upcoming concerts, the two students put $30 onto gift cards and sent them to the would-be seller via Facebook Messenger. The scammer’s account then promptly vanished, along with the $30. Lt. Giffin said any online offer, be it for concert tickets or a job, that involves a convoluted exchange of gift cards almost always indicates a hoax. 


 

Nov. 5: PARKING PANDEMONIUM

A basketball event on campus brought both the young Griz athletes of tomorrow and a flood of traffic. One outraged person called UMPD to vent her frustration about having to park three blocks away from the University. When asked what campus police could do to help such a situation, Lt. Giffin said, “We speak calmly to them, try and make them feel better.”