Police Report Round-up: Unseasonable weather, unsavory behavior

A student living in Johnstone Center reported on Jan. 12 that after leaving his room unlocked for a brief period of time, he returned to find video games missing and the sink turned on — flooding his room. There was no apparent motive.

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At 7 p.m. on Jan. 13, an officer near Langford Hall located six individuals under the age of 21 in possession of alcohol, marijuana and a grinder. The large group of delinquents were all warned for possession of dangerous drugs, cited for minor in possession and given dean referrals. In addition, one student was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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A student returning to his vehicle in the Roskie Hall parking lot in the afternoon of Jan. 21 found that someone had “put a note that disparaged his parking ability” on his car, according to Chief of Police Robert Putzke. Putzke agreed the profane note likely said what everyone was thinking anyways.

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On Jan. 22, a campus club reported to police that one of their officers had embezzled funds from the club — spending between $1,100 and $1,400 for his personal use. The club told police that they would not press charges as long as the club officer returned the stolen funds. Police contacted the suspect, who agreed to pay back the embezzled money to avoid criminal charges. Putzke would not reveal the club to protect the student’s identity. The student was referred to the dean of students for possible student conduct violations. It is unknown if the embezzler returned to his club position.

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On Jan. 26 and 27, police discovered spray paint graffiti around campus. In the south fieldhouse lot, the vandal had modified signs to suit their parking needs.

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At 10 a.m. on Feb. 2, a male at the bus stop in front of the SUB drew attention with his liberal use of profanity. Responding officers talked to the individual, who explained that he was upset and had too much coffee. Being cooperative with officers, he was issued a warning for disorderly conduct before going on his way.

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Before noon on Feb. 5, an individual brought a dog that was not a service or therapy animal into the library. An officer spoke to the individual, who exited the building with the uncertified pooch.

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The owner of a vehicle being ticketed for parking in the Gaines service drive loading dock on Feb. 6 hastily got into his vehicle — nearly hitting the parking officer in the process — before speeding away. His haste to get home and pay his parking ticket earned him a criminal citation for careless driving.

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At 4 a.m. on Feb. 7, a caller reported that there was a large number of vehicles parked at the BART Farm. An officer arrived at the MSU facility and was advised that “it is calving time” in Montana.

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At about 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, three individuals were seen urinating on a lawn on South Fifth Avenue. They also bent a parking sign. Police were unable to locate the individuals.

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An erratic vehicle on Harrison Street was reported at 11:39 p.m. on Feb. 13. The caller told police the automobile was swerving and ran a stop sign. According to the police report, an officer located the vehicle five minutes later “with no driver.” The vehicle was reprimanded for its carelessness.

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In the late evening of Feb. 14, a driver flagged down an officer, explaining that another driver had thrown beer cans at his or her vehicle. Just after 11:30 p.m., the officer found a vehicle matching the description. The driver was found to be DUI, but would not allow a search of his vehicle. After swiftly getting a search warrant, police discovered a collection of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. The driver was arrested and taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center.