Northeastern Crime Log

By Nick Mendez

Crime log entries are selected from Northeastern’s Division of Public Safety reports.

Crime Log Entry of the Week Monday, July 23 6 p.m. On July 10, a 20-year-old visiting scholar reported her cell phone stolen from the first floor of Snell Library after she left it unattended. The same woman was back at the library , studying, when she recognized her distinctive ring-tone. She followed the sound and approached a man holding a pink Motorola Razr, the same model as her missing phone. The woman called NUPD, who responded and questioned the man, who denied stealing the phone and claimed he bought it on the street several months ago. The woman accessed her account online and successfully matched the serial number on record to that of the phone. Officers then arrested Patrick Benson, 17, of Stoughton for receiving stolen property.

Tuesday, July 17 1:30 a.m. An officer saw a man acting suspiciously in the alley between St. Stephen Street and the North Lot. The man appeared to be trying to enter the window of a ground-level apartment. Officers questioned and arrested Peter Gallop, 18, who had no university connection, for attempted burglary.

10 a.m. A staff member reported two men attempting to steal a bike near the Cy Young statue on World Series Way. As the staff member attempted to call police, they fled. Northeastern Division of Public Safety (NUPD) officers pursued the suspects to The Fenway, where they were detained and questioned. Officers also inspected the bike rack and discovered two cable locks had been cut. NUPD recovered a set of wire cutters at the scene and brought the bikes back to headquarters for safe keeping. Video surveillance showed a 16-year-old suspect and a 14-year-old suspect, both from Dorchester, cutting the cable lock. Both were positively identified and will be summonsed to Suffolk County Juvenile Court.

Thursday, July 19 4:30 a.m. A caller reported two men attempting to break into St. Anne’s Church on St. Stephen Street. The men were reportedly pulling at the doors and attempting to enter through a window. NUPD officers responded and discovered a 19-year-old male student and a 20-year-old male non-student intoxicated outside the church because they had heard it was haunted. They admitted to trying to enter the church. They will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR).

1:30 p.m. A 20-year-old male student reported locking his bicycle in the Krentzman Quad with a cable lock. When he returned, both the lock and the bicycle were missing.

Friday July 20 2 p.m. An officer questioned a man in Shillman Hall who was trying to access the computers. NUPD officers discovered that the man, Luke Gorham, 38, of Roslindale, was wanted in West Roxbury District Court on larceny charges.

4 p.m. A 20-year-old female student reported that a man who appeared to be in his 40s wearing a suit, round silver glasses and carrying a briefcase, made unwanted advances toward her in Centennial Common. She said the man approached her, grabbed her arm, told her how beautiful she was and said he wanted to get to know her. The student walked away and called NUPD. The suspect fits the description of a man who made similar advances on campus last year.

Saturday, July 21 12:30 a.m. A NUPD officer was flagged down by a 24-year-old male student on St. Stephen Street. The student reported that his 24-year-old girlfriend had his car keys and wouldn’t return them. His girlfriend, who was present at the scene, said she wouldn’t return his keys until she received some belongings from his apartment. Officers reported that she assaulted her boyfriend and one of the responding officers during the incident. Due to her evident pregnancy, the officer decided not to arrest her and instead took her to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center by ambulance. She will be summonsed to court for assaulting a police officer.

Monday, July 23 Noon A 25-year-old male student reported his backpack stolen from a locker on the fourth floor of the Snell Library. A witness reported seeing a man in his 40s, wearing a white sweatshirt, loitering around the lockers and tugging on their handles. The backpack was later found next to a copy machine with a calculator missing. A suspect was stopped and questioned in the library the following day, but has not yet been positively identified. The investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, July 25 12:30 a.m. An officer detected the smell of marijuana coming from a car parked on Gainsborough Street. The officer questioned a 23-year-old male alumnus, a 21-year-old female student and a 21-year-old male non-student who admitted to smoking marijuana in the car. The student will be reported to OSCCR.

2 a.m. An officer on patrol on Gainsborough Street spotted a 21-year-old male student in a fist fight with a 24-year-old male non-student. They were separated but wouldn’t comment on the cause of the dispute. Neither wanted to press criminal charges.

8 p.m. An officer discovered several people sitting on a bench in The Fenway who appeared to be smoking marijuana. The officer questioned several students of a nearby college who admitted to smoking marijuana. NUPD confiscated a small amount of the drug.

Thursday, July 26 4 a.m. A proctor at West Village G reported a woman trying to enter the building without identification. Officers responded and discovered the 21-year-old woman, who appeared to be heavily intoxicated, sitting at a table in the West Village quad. The woman admitted she was too drunk to drive home and claimed to have been trying to enter the building, where she once lived, to stay for the night. The officers tried to help her contact friends and family to pick her up, but were unsuccessful. When officers suggested she stay the night in the hospital, the woman began to swear and punched one of them in the mouth. She was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 1:30 p.m. A staff member in the Mugar Life Sciences Building reported that a man in his 50s had entered her office and began to pick up objects. When she asked if she could help him, he gave incoherent answers. She then asked the man to leave and called NUPD. Officers responded and discovered that the man had previously trespassed on campus and had a lengthy criminal record. NUPD arrested James Earl Jones, 52, of Dorchester, for trespassing.

9 p.m. A 32-year-old male student reported locking his bike in Centennial Common, and when he returned it was gone.

Friday, July 27 Noon A 28-year-old male student reported locking his bicycle in the Snell Library quad and when he returned the front wheel was missing.

Saturday, July 28 2 a.m. A 22-year-old male student called from West Village A to report his 21-year-old female student-friend had come to visit him and was intoxicated. The student, worried that she might try to drive home in her condition, contacted NUPD. By the time officers arrived, the friend had already driven off. With the assistance of the student, officers contacted the woman, who had pulled to the side of the road on her way home. NUPD found the woman in Jamaica Plain, locked up in her car, and contacted her sister to pick her up. She will be reported to OSCCR. Monday, July 30 3:30 a.m. A proctor from 337 Huntington Ave. reported that a visitor had entered the building without permission. Officers responded to a room where the proctor indicated the visitor had gone. A 19-year-old male student opened the door and denied having any visitors inside the apartment. After an argument, the resident brought an 18-year-old male visitor to the door. The resident claims he let him in after recognizing him as his roommate’s friend. Officers questioned the visitor, who admitted to being under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms and asked to be taken to the hospital. The resident denied taking mushrooms in the apartment. He will be reported to OSCCR for failing to sign-in a visitor and suspicion of having drugs in the apartment.

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