Arrest in recent campus burglary

To: Campus Community

From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police

The UC Santa Cruz community is encouraged to report any suspicious behavior following the arrest of a man suspected of burglary and an ongoing investigation into another burglary. 
Officers with the UC Santa Cruz Police Department arrested Jeff Gatlin, a non-affiliate, on March 20 after a student reported seeing him leave her dorm room. The student discovered that there were belongings missing from her apartment. 
Gatlin was found near the Performing Arts Center in possession of the victim's stolen property. He was transported to the Santa Cruz County Jail. 
Although there is no known connection to Gatlin, the department continues to investigate a burglary at the Humanities 1 building that happened sometime between March 15-16. The suspect or suspects broke into two offices and stole computers and monitors. 
Anyone who may be a witness or has information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1.
Safety Tips
  • 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.
  • Travel in pairs.
  • 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 your 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, ext. 1. More information can be found online.
Campus Resources
For students, a range of support services is also 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).