Computer thieves caught on camera

Police urged students to check the police Web site to help identify the thieves.

Jamie VanGeest

On June 2 the University Police Department released a crime alert about a theft from the building at 2218 University Ave. S.E., which houses University Computer Services.

The thieves stole six laptops and security cameras caught the crime in progress.

The department’s Web site,, has still frames of the suspects and if anyone recognizes the men in the picture they should call 624-COPS.

“People should look at the Web site to help,” said Steve Johnson, deputy police chief of University Police.

No bicycle seat for you

On May 26 a 24-year-old Minneapolis man was seen by a security officer removing seats from bicycles in front of Coffman Union, according to a police report.

The man attempted to ride away on a seatless bike and was stopped by an officer.

He said he was looking for a seat that would fit his bike, according to the report. He said he was looking only at bikes marked for removal by the grounds crew.

The officer wasn’t sure whether the suspect also was looking at bikes that weren’t marked, so he was issued a citation for lurking with the intent to commit a crime, according to the report.

Assault with a tire iron

On Monday evening a Duluth-campus student was taken to a hospital after he was assaulted with a tire iron, according to a police report.

The student pretended to throw a rock at a vehicle at 25th Avenue Southeast and then was assaulted with a tire iron by a passenger from the car, according to the report.

Friends took the victim to University Medical Center, Fairview, where he received stitches to his forehead and finger, according to the report. He also had swelling in his face and head.

This assault is still under investigation according to Chief Greg Hestness of the University Police Department.

Burglarized because of an unlocked door

On June 3 dance and women’s studies senior Brittany Johnson’s home on Eighth Avenue Southeast was burglarized because her landlord didn’t fix a broken lock, she said.

“I’m angry because only my stuff was taken,” she said.

The suspect took her DVD player and pushed her to the ground as he left, she said.

Johnson said the suspect wasn’t trying to hurt her – she was just in the way as he fled. She suffered injuries to her face, but didn’t seek medical attention.

She said she contacted her landlord about the broken lock and the burglary, but hasn’t yet received a response.

The incident is still under investigation, Hestness said.