Nov. 6: TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC
A University of Montana student became the latest victim in a spree of digital schemes. In the third report of online deceptive practices in November, UMPD Lt. Brad Giffin said someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service demanded that the student pay back fees through Target gift cards. Several thousand dollars later, it turned out that the demand was a complete hoax.
“I can’t say this often enough: Nobody, that’s no government official, employer, anyone legitimate, will ever ask you to pick up gift cards,” Giffin said.
The case has been referred to both the FBI and the actual IRS for investigation.
Nov. 7 ROOF RIP OFF
A bike left overnight night in Lot Y on a roof rack became easy prey for a thief after its owner secured with just a cable lock. The bike, an orange Kona Operator valued at nearly $5,500 has been registered with campus police, but it has not yet been recovered.
Nov. 7 ELROD REFERRAL
A dorm room in Elrod Hall received a visit from campus police after a resident assistant detected the unmistakable scent of somebody enjoying some of the silly spinach. Upon entering the room, the RA found a glass pipe coated in the residue of Willie Nelson’s favorite flower. Police then took the pipe, and the student was referred to Housing for a conduct violation.
Nov. 8: GRAFFITI REPEATI
Graffiti spray-painted in one of the bathrooms in Elrod Hall brought the attention of maintenance staff, who quickly removed the unauthorized signage. The staff member returned to the same bathroom two days later to find the message, “Don’t remove my blue graffiti,” on the wall. Staff then removed the graffiti.
Nov. 9: BUS STOPPED
A confrontation between two “very intoxicated people,” according to Giffin, drew the attention of both city and University officers. After exiting the Gold Line bus for its close at 2 a.m., an argument erupted between two passengers, which led to screaming at one another in the middle of Arthur Avenue. Police came to the scene and, after easing the tension with a warning, sent both combatants home to bed.
Nov. 13: HALF IN THE BAG
University police started a patrol on campus after receiving a report of a man carrying a knife near the Oval. They met up with somebody fitting the man’s description at the School of Law Building, and found a knife, along with pliers, a crowbar, personal checks, a collection of car keys and a felonious amount of methamphetamine in his possession. Missoula prosecutors charged the man, who had no home on record, with possession of drugs and burglary tools, along with theft. University investigators are currently working to verify and return the checks and car keys.
Nov. 15: TIME CRISIS
Somebody passing by University Hall saw an incorrect time on the tower’s northside clock to be enough of a calamity to inform UMPD. Campus dispatch passed the information on to maintenance services, who corrected the error.