The Best of the Police Beat Winter 2002


    By Jennifer Balmforth

    Suspicious Individual

    An angry unidentified female student entered the bookstore on Jan 17 at noon. She said she was angry about the Olympic pins from Macedonia displayed in the bookstore. A witness said the female claimed the pins offended her and she demanded the pins be removed from the display.

    A night security officer patrolling the Ezra Taft Benson Building on Jan. 20, investigated a “shaking” elevator and found a male and female engaged in sexual activity. The couple, neither of which were BYU students, were escorted from the building.

    On Jan. 22, at 3:57 p.m., a man was reported leaving the bookstore carrying a gun. When the officer located the male they found he was carrying a chrome, toy pistol. When the officer asked the 22-year-old male student why he was carrying the gun, he said his roommate told him it would get chicks. The officers cautioned the male on carrying or simulating a weapon before he was released.

    On Jan. 22 in the WSC Memorial lounge, a suspicious male was reported. The victim was sleeping on a sofa between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. when a male student woke her up and asked to borrow her newspaper. After giving it to him, she fell back asleep. A short time later she awoke to find the same male stoking her hair. She told him to stop and again fell back asleep. The third time she awoke, the male was stoking her hair again. She quickly left and reported the incident. The man is described as being white, between 6” and 6”2″, thin, with blonde messy hair and a stubble beard.

    On Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m., a female in the Memorial lounge of the Wilkinson Student Center noticed a suspicious male. The victim was sleeping on a sofa when the suspicious male began stroking her hair. When she woke up and realized what was happening, she quickly left the scene. Fifteen minutes later, while the victim was eating in the Cougareat, the same man walked by. She then reported the incident to the police. The man is described as being white, between 5”11″ to 6”tall, weighing between 190 to 200 lbs., with blonde hair and a stubble beard.

    On Feb. 8 in the women”s locker room at the Richard”s building, a theft was reported. The victim returned from her aerobics class at 5:45 p.m. and began to change when a woman called her by name. The women said her name was Shantelle Wright and that she was a detective. The woman said she was investigating a top-secret gang case and that the victim was involved in an associated drug incident. The woman claimed that the victim”s credit card had been used to purchase drugs. The woman proceeded to ask the victim for her personal information including bank account numbers and pin numbers. The woman told the victim not to tell her parents, friends, or family about the case because of its top-secret nature. Before leaving, the woman told the victim she would call her on Sunday. When the victim returned to her locker, she noticed her debit card, wallet, and $19 were missing from her locker. More than $1600 has since been taken from the victim”s bank account. This case still remains under investigation.

    On Feb. 14 at 8:25 p.m., a suspicious individual called the police officer and told a dispatcher that they were planning on bombing the University and the MTC. The individual said he had been praying for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies to be bombed as well. The individual was identified and the incident has been referred to the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service

    On Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m., an individual on campus received an e-mail from a person who said they were a self proclaimed dooms day prophet. The e-mail consisted of comments related to violence and the Olympics. The incident was referred to the FBI.

    Suspicious Letter

    On March 5, between 12:45 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. a strange letter was received by the KBYU Media Center. The letter had a lump in it, so the recipient put the letter in the microwave hoping to neutralize the substance if it was Anthrax. The letter started on fire and by the time the recipient could put out the flames, the only readable part of the letter was the return address. The return address read, “Shadows of things to come.” Police are unsure about the substance contained in the letter.

    Indecent Exposure

    On Tues., March 12, at 4:15 p.m., officers received a call that a suspicious man was sitting in a car south of the football practice field looking at pornography. Officers responded. At 5:30 p.m., a dispatcher received a call from a victim in the same parking lot. The victim had been walking to her car when a 220-pound man wearing a pink thong and a pink swimming cap came out from between two cars. The victim ran to her car, locked the doors and called the police. The victim lost sight of the suspect before the police arrived and they were unable to locate the man. Orem Police reported a similar case on Feb. 27. The investigation is continuing.


    On March 3, a former BYU student was cited for trespassing in the Clyde Building. The individual, who was trying to live in the building, had been kicked out several times before. The individual had set up his bedroll for the evening when police found him.

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