Police Files: October 31, 2018

Ben Hume, Staff Reporter

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A ghastly visitor

Dispatch received a phone call from a student concerned that someone might have broken into his residence on the night of Oct. 13, 2018. The student told the Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) that he had walked through the residence and no one was there.

An officer arrived on scene and made contact with the student, who said he was away from his apartment and, upon returning, observed that his front door was unlocked and slightly ajar.

He thought someone tampered with the lock because the deadbolt and door knob assembly were loose.

The officer photographed the door assembly and told the student he would check to see if any video was available and email him a copy of the incident report.

After some scrutinizing of the photos taken, OUPD concluded that the door was not tampered with and simply came loose. The limited video evidence showed people walking around the area but none going near the room. OUPD contacted Housing to repair the apartment door.

In good spirits

A Resident Adviser in Van Wagoner House called OUPD to report possible underage drinking at 10 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2018. The RA said she heard the subjects saying they were drinking and could smell the alcohol on their breath. Two officers were dispatched to the scene.

When they arrived to the scene, the officers met with the RAs and suspected residents. The officers reported the three females had no detectable odors of intoxicants on them, and all three stated they had not been drinking.

One of the students gave consent for the officer to search her room, and no alcohol was found. After agreeing to blow a breathalyzer test, all three residents blew a perfect .000. The officers cleared the scene with no further report.

The ghost of joints past

OUPD dispatch received a report that a resident of Fitzgerald came through the nightwatch station smelling of marijuana near midnight on Oct. 14, 2018. Two officers were sent to investigate.

Upon arrival, they were indeed able to detect the odor of marijuana. When they knocked on the door, they were unable to hear any movement in the room.

One of the residents sitting in the lounge came over and gave the officers permission to search the room.

The officers found a black jacket that smelled strongly of marijuana, and a resident explained she had been with some friends off-campus that had been smoking. There was no marijuana in the room, so both officers cleared without incident.