Crime Watch: Barn thief is on the loose

A “college-aged” woman was robbed of her backpack and cell phone on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:15 p.m., according to a mass campus email sent by the UC Police Department (UCPD).

The victim was walking by the west side of the Barn when a female suspect tugged at her backpack. After a brief confrontation between the two, the suspect fled the scene of the crime with the woman’s belongings. No weapons were used and the victim did not suffer any injuries.

The suspect was described as a 20-year-old black female, wearing a tight black V-neck shirt, black pants and a blue beanie with a white stripe, with her hair lifted in a ponytail.

In response to the incident, UC Police Chief Mike Lane said UCPD is taking greater efforts to catch the suspect. “We have a few leads that we’re working on (and) we’ve increased the area patrol that we’ve had there,” Lane reported.

Lane also explained that the case is still part of an active investigation and the police department seeks to follow up on the incident.

“The biggest thing that we did was let the community know (about the crime and) hopefully we can get some good results as the investigation proceeds,” he said.

UCPD encourages individuals to use safety services such as the Point-to-Point shuttle, which operates from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and is stationed in front of the campus bookstore. Campus Escort Service (CSES) also operates from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., from Sunday to Thursday and is stationed at the HUB information desk.

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