Help identifying person-of-interest in car burglaries

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is asking for the community's help in identifying a person-of-interest in connection with a rash of campus car burglaries. Photos of the person are attached to this email. Credit cards from one of the burglaries were used at a nearby store, which is how we now have photos of this person.

If you have any information about the identity of this person, please contact the UCSC Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1.

Since the start of April, there have been several car burglaries via smashing car windows and taking items left in plain view. Most of the burglaries have been at the East Remote Parking lot, OPERS, the Arboretum, and the Cookhouse. We received reports of two more car burglaries yesterday.

The campus community is encouraged to be vigilant, and to let campus police know immediately if they know anything about the break-ins, see anything suspicious, or suspect their vehicle may have been burglarized. Call 831-459-2231, ext. 1

All crimes should be reported as soon as possible to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. Timely reporting allows campus community members to secure their property and to take precautions for personal safety.

Safety Tips

  • If you feel you or others are in danger, immediately call 911.
  • Report all in-progress crimes, or suspected crimes, by calling 911 from any landline or cell phone. Reports may also be made by utilizing one of the several "blue light," emergency or elevator phones located throughout campus.
  • Suspicious people or activity also should be reported to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 911, when it is safe to do so.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area.

Campus Resources

UC Santa Cruz is a community committed to being inclusive and welcoming of all people. We strive to provide a safe place for everyone to work and learn.

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.

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

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.