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Crime brief: Man’s suspicious actions draw attention

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A University Police officer reported that a man obstructed official business after the officer thought he was acting suspiciously.

The man was walking on Woodruff Avenue, away from Ramseyer Hall, and turned onto High Street at about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 19. He was carrying a backpack that appeared “nearly full,” which the officer thought was suspicious because he was an older man and the officer noticed that he didn’t normally see older men walking around with backpacks, according to a University Police report. He decided to follow the man because there had been an increase in thefts at Arps Parking Garage, near where the man was walking.

The man sat at the bus stop near the Wexner Center for the Arts, but then continued walking after a while, arousing the officer’s suspicions that the man might be involved in criminal activity. When the officer approached the man to talk to him, he ran away and left his jacket and bag behind. The bag contained miscellaneous items, including a crack pipe, and was submitted to the University Police property room.

A female staff member reported child endangerment at Buckeye Village on Monday at about 1 p.m. A police report listed two young boys and listed abuse as the type of endangerment.

A female CampusParc employee reported disorderly conduct Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m. after she received a series of telephone calls from a disgruntled OSU Wexner Medical Center employee. The Medical Center employee was upset because she couldn’t find a parking spot, according to a police report.

The woman called the CampusParc employee at least three times, and the CampusParc employee was upset after the continuous calls. After the suspect told the officer that she was just upset and would never hurt anyone, the CampusParc employee was no longer concerned.

There were 36 reports of theft between Sept. 17 and Thursday, including six reports of theft from an automobile.

There were also four reports of offenses involving underage persons.

2 comments

  1. So carrying a backpack while old is a suspicious activity? How much time did it take the officer to run the guy down and steal HIS backpack?

  2. my fave lantern headline eva

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