University of Maine Police Department is currently investigating a rash of damage done to light poles in the South Campus area since mid-September.
According to Assistant Director of Facilities Management Geremy Chubbuck, the damage estimate has grown to approximately $9,000 over the two-month period. Overtime hours has been expended for electricians to repair the wiring and poles and get them back to working condition.
Facilities Management has announced a $200 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons involved.
University of Maine Police Chief Roland LaCroix advised that anyone caught damaging a light pole is subject to prosecution for criminal mischief, a Class D crime, but would likely rise to a felony if the person is linked to more than one damaged pole.
Chief LaCroix advises that his officers have stepped up special patrols and surveillance in the areas and will keep doing so until someone is apprehended.
UMPD received a report of a broken car window at University Park at 8:28 a.m. Nov. 26. The front passenger window of a vehicle was smashed sometime overnight between Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. The cost to repair the damage is estimated at $200. There are currently no suspects.
Swasti-can’t do that
UMPD received a report of vandalism in the fourth-floor study lounge of Gannett Hall at 7:44 a.m. Nov. 27. A swastika was carved into the arm of a couch. The cost to repair the damage is estimated at $75. There are currently no suspects.
No lock, no luck
UMPD received a report of a stolen bicycle outside of the Cyrus Pavilion Theater at 6:10 p.m. Nov. 27. An old, unlocked 21-speed mountain bike was taken from the bike rack outside the building sometime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 19. There are currently no suspects.
High on speed
A UMPD officer report of a drug offense during a traffic stop at 7:24 p.m. Nov. 27. The officer stopped a vehicle for speeding and detected an odor of marijuana upon approaching the vehicle. The officer searched the vehicle and found a usable amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. Student Michael Curley, 20, was summonsed for possession of a usable amount of marijuana.
Guns ’n drugs
A UMPD reported a drug offense during a traffic stop at the Bridge Courts parking lot at 10:13 a.m. Nov. 28. The officer stopped the vehicle after noticing a rifle in plain view in the vehicle. The gun, an old-style musket, was found to be unregistered. The owner was advised to register the weapon with UMPD or take it off campus. While searching the vehicle, the officer noticed a mason jar containing a usable amount of marijuana. The student was referred to student affairs.