Police Blotter

With Welcome Week in full swing, campus police filed multiple bike thefts and underage drinking reports

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Police Blotter

Underage drinking has consequences

UW-Eau Claire police issued an underage drinking citation to a female subject at approximately 12:43 a.m. Sept. 9 in Putnam Hall.

The officer met with the resident assistant and the complainant in the main lobby, where she told the officer she was concerned for a female subject who seemed to have consumed too much alcohol.

According to the report, the subject entered the main entrance to Putnam Hall around 11:57 p.m. and was visibly intoxicated. The subject’s male friend was with her and approached the resident assistant to tell her he was also concerned for the intoxicated subject’s welfare.

The officer met with the friend who said he had been drinking with the subject earlier in the evening around 8 p.m. The friend said they had been drinking at a party located on 9th Avenue that had been “broken up” by the police.

After the party was “busted,” the friend said he lost contact with the female subject for approximately one hour before finding her again. According to the report, he said he was concerned something “may have happened” to her during the time they weren’t together.

The friend told the officer he was concerned because he was unsure if the female’s drink had been spiked or if she had been assaulted by anyone at the party.

After the officer asked the friend if the subject had mentioned anything to him about being assaulted, he answered no and said he was just concerned because he didn’t know anyone at the party.

The officer made contact with the female subject, when he noticed her eyes were red and glossy and she had an odor of intoxicating beverages coming from her person.

She told the officer she had started drinking around 9:30 p.m. while walking to the party mentioned earlier. The subject said she had stopped drinking at approximately 11:30 p.m., just prior to reaching her room.

The officer asked the subject what she had to drink. She responded to having consumed eight mixed vodka drinks in a span of two hours. According to the report, once the subject returned to her room, she started to drink water and Gatorade.

The officer asked her if she was assaulted or thought her drink was spiked during the time apart from her friend after the party was broken up. The subject immediately said no and was confused as to where this concern was coming from.

After agreeing to submit to a preliminary breath test, the subject obtained a .15 score. According to the report, the subject had no warrants and did not have any prior underage alcohol related offenses.

The officer issued the subject an underage drinking citation with a bond amount of $263.50 and a non-mandatory court date along with an Eau Claire Alcohol Offender’s pamphlet.

Bike thief on the loose

Campus police have been receiving multiple reports of bikes being stolen on campus. A majority of the bikes reported stolen were Trek bikes.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. on Sept. 6 a female student walked into the campus police office to report her bike stolen.

She told the officer she secured her Trek bike to a bike post along the sidewalk under the McIntyre Library on Monday, Sept. 4 at 5:45 p.m. According to the report, when the student returned to her bike on Wednesday Sept. 6 at 3 p.m., she discovered the bike missing and said she did not give anyone permission to take it.

The student informed the officer her bike is a Trek Skye women’s mountain bike that is shimmery black in color with pink coloring around the letters on the frame. The top bar of the frame is curved, and additional accessories include a purple Bontrager water bottle mounted on the frame and a black rack on the back of the bike.

According to the report, the bike was locked with a six-foot grey cable and gold Master Lock, which was also missing. The student valued the missing items at $622.

In another report at approximately 11:05 a.m. Sept. 9, another student arrived at the campus police office to file a theft complaint on his bicycle.

According to the report, the male student told the officer someone stole his black and blue Trek Dual Sport bike sometime on Sept. 4 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. He said his bike had been secured with a cable lock to a bike rack also located on the sidewalk underneath the McIntyre Library.

The student showed the officer the cable lock, which appeared to have been cut with a bolt cutter type tool.

The bike is priced at $599.99 and has not been found.

There was a third report on a missing Trek bike over the past week. Another student arrived at the police office at 11:05 a.m. on Sept. 6 where he said sometime between Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. and Sept 5 at 5 p.m. someone stole his black and orange Trek 4300 mountain bike.

He too had secured his bike rack on the sidewalk underneath the McIntyre Library.

Campus police said they want students to be aware of bikes being stolen and said they should invest in quality bike locks.