March 20, 2016

Warm weather welcomes crime to campus

By Kyeland Jackson —

While spring break may have been relaxing for some, criminal activity bustled on and around campus.

University of Louisville Police reported 11 criminal acts over break. Among those were two robberies occurring within days of each other.

A U of L student in the parking lot near PNC Bank and Cardinal Towne was approached by a black male wearing a black hoodie, jeans and a gray beanie with holes in his clothes on March 12.

The man allegedly threatened the student with an unseen gun, robbing them and escaping towards Jimmy Johns.

Louisville Metro Police handled the situation. The student was not harmed.

The second robbery was on Belknap Boulevard next to the new research area. ULPD responded and handled the situation.

Officers were flagged down by a bloodied university employee, claiming he was robbed.

The employee said two black males in a white car approached him on his way from work. One got out of the car and drew a revolver, demanding money from the employee.

Saying he didn’t have money, the employee was punched in the face before the suspects left towards Third Street.

The employee was taken to University Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

No arrests were made in either case.

The recent robberies have increased the total to five reported robberies in the past calendar year. This does not include the PNC robbery or other robberies handled by LMPD.

Theft made up the majority of the nine remaining crimes over break, with damaged property being one outlier.

ULPD reported four thefts valued at over $500. There was also one theft under $500, one case of identity theft and two cases of fraudulent activity under $500.

Fraudulent activity is possible credit theft or other activity costing the reported victims.

Crime increased during school breaks in 2015 as well.

In hopes of deterring crime, the university implemented the L Trail and CardGuard app last school year.

The L Trail is a brightly lit path through campus regularly patrolled by campus security. The CardGuard app is an application allowing students to call 911, report crimes and alert police when the student does not reach their destination.

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