Person of interest sought in multiple auto burglaries on campus

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police

surveillance camera view of person of interest
Video screen grab from a store surveillance camera of a person of interest in connection with a series of auto burglaries on campus.

On January 8, 2015, a Community Crime Bulletin alerted the campus community about multiple auto burglaries reported over the past few weeks. Since then, two more auto burglaries have been reported.

Our investigation has led us to images of a person of interest who used a stolen debit card at a local market. The person appears to be a white male adult in his 30s, who is heavy set with a mustache. (See attached image.) It appears the subject may have been with another male adult, but we are unable to confirm this.

Anyone who may be able to identify the person of interest or is a witness to these burglaries or has information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1.

Safety tips

No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects.

•    If you feel you or others are in danger, immediately call 911.
•    Immediately report all crimes, suspicious people, activity or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.
•    Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers.
•    Whenever possible, please remember to lock you vehicle.  Keep valuables secured and out of sight.
•    Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area.
•    Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.
•    Use the Night Safety Escort Program, Monday through Thursday evening from 8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. by calling 831-459-2231. More information can be found online.
•    The California Identity Theft Registry is available to help those who are wrongly linked to identity theft crimes.  Information regarding the California Identity Theft Registry can be obtained by calling toll free (888) 880-0240.

Campus resources

For students, a range of support services is available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services and support through a Confidential Victim Advocate. More information can be found online.

For student and employees, the Office of Harassment and Discrimination, Prevention and Investigation Unit can provide assistance and can be reached at 831-459-2462.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support. More information can be found online.

Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911.

This bulletin is in compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).