Armed Robberies near Campus

In the past week, there have been 3 armed robberies reported near the edges of Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus.  No suspect information is available at this time.

Incident Location: 19th Ave. S. & 6th St. S.

Date and Time: 09/02/14 at 9:40 p.m.

Three people reported to Minneapolis Police that they had parked their vehicle at the intersection of 19th Ave. S. and 6th St. S.  After exiting the vehicle, an unknown suspect approached them, displayed a handgun and demanded their wallets and phones.

 

Incident Location: 2000 block of Riverside Ave.

Date and time: 08/30/14 at 3:00 a.m.

Minneapolis Police responded to a report of a robbery of a business in the 2000 block of Riverside Ave.  The robbers were able to steal approximately $1,200.

 

Incident Location: 2500 block of Riverside Ave.

Date and Time: 08/26/14 at 9:15 p.m.

Minneapolis Police responded to a robbery in the 2500 block of Riverside Ave. The victim reported that two males came up from behind him and placed a gun in his back.  The suspects then stole his phone and money.

 

Augsburg DPS takes the safety of our community very seriously.  Please be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to DPS immediately at (612) 330-1717.  DPS Crime Alerts/Timely Warnings are issued pursuant to federal law (20 U.S.C. § 1092; 34 C.F.R. § 668.46) and intended to provide timely notification to the Augsburg community regarding threats to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff  and issued with the incident and suspect information available from witnesses at that time.  DPS also reminds everyone to remain vigilant about their safety!

 

You can help prevent crime at Augsburg:

-Trust Your Instincts – If you sense trouble, get away

-Be Observant and Aware – Remain alert, be aware of your surroundings, observe the other people around you.  Know who is around you.  Be alert for suspicious behavior (e.g. a person wearing a long coat in the middle of summer, loitering, etc.)

-Walk Confidently and Do Not Make Yourself a Target – Robbers are looking for an easy target.  Keep your head up and eyes alert and walk at a steady pace.  Do not walk while looking at you phone and avoid carrying lots of packages or other belongings.

-If You are Robbed – Stay calm and remember: safety first!  Follow the robber’s directions, but do not volunteer more than asked for.  If you have to move, tell the robber what you are doing and why.  Try to get a good look at the robber so you can describe him/her later.  Give the robber time to leave and note the direction he/she travels.

-After a Robbery – CALL DPS OR THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.  Avoid touching anything the robber has touched.  Try to recall as you can about the robber including speech and mannerisms.

-Notify DPS of any suspicious activity right away

Minneapolis PrepareFair

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District is hosting its annual Minneapolis PrepareFair on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the IDS Crystal Court, City Center, and Nicollet Mall between 6th and 10th Streets.

The Minneapolis PrepareFair is hosted to encourage people to be prepared for emergencies.  The PrepareFair will have demonstrations from the Minneapolis SWAT team, Bomb Squad, K-9 Patrol, and other units during the day on Nicollet mall.

For more information, visit the City’s PrepareFair website, and for additional information on emergency preparedness, visit FEMA’s preparedness website.

Crime Alert: Robbery – 08/26/14

DPS received a MPD crime alert about a robbery reported to have occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m. on the evening of August 26, 2014 in the 2500 block of Riverside Ave. (near the northeast edge of campus).  The victim reported that two males came up from behind him and placed a gun in his back.  The suspects then stole his phone and money.

No suspect information is available at this time.

 

You can help prevent crime at Augsburg:

-Trust Your Instincts – If you sense trouble, get away

-Be Observant and Aware – Remain alert, be aware of your surroundings, observe the other people around you.  Know who is around you.  Be alert for suspicious behavior (e.g. a person wearing a long coat in the middle of summer, loitering, etc.)

-Walk Confidently and Do Not Make Yourself a Target – Robbers are looking for an easy target.  Keep your head up and eyes alert and walk at a steady pace.  Do not walk while looking at you phone and avoid carrying lots of packages or other belongings.

-If You are Robbed – Stay calm and remember: safety first!  Follow the robber’s directions, but do not volunteer more than asked for.  If you have to move, tell the robber what you are doing and why.  Try to get a good look at the robber so you can describe him/her later.  Give the robber time to leave and note the direction he/she travels.

-After a Robbery – CALL DPS OR THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.  Avoid touching anything the robber has touched.  Try to recall as you can about the robber including speech and mannerisms.

-Notify DPS of any suspicious activity right away

Crime Advisory: Theft from Motor Vehicles – 08/27/14

At approximately 1:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. on the morning of August 27, 2014, DPS officers discovered three motor vehicles had been broken into along the south edge of campus in the Residence South Lot (Lot B) and along Butler Place.

No suspect information is available at this time.

 

You can help prevent crime at Augsburg:

-Lock your Doors and Roll up your Windows – This is your first line of defense.  Even if you are only going to be gone for a minute, use the locks and make sure your car is “closed.”

-Do not Leave Valuables in Sight or in the Car – Do not leave your phone, GPS, or other attractive devices in the vehicle

-Park where your Vehicle is Visible – Park in well-lighted, well-trafficked areas

-Stash before, not after, you Park – Stow any belongings before you park and someone can see you put away your belongings

-Use a Detachable Stereo Face – if you’re not sticking with the original sound system, use a detachable face.

-Do not Leave Extra Keys in your Vehicle

Mustafa Family Crime Ring Indicted

On August 12, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota announced that it had indicted the Mustafa Family Crime Ring.  In addition to the U.S. Attorney’s press release, multiple media outlets, including Fox 9, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, and MPR, among many others, reported the indictment that involved an Apple Valley based crime ring.

According to the U.S. Attorney, the Mustafa Family Crime Ring stole identities to defraud phone companies and used 13 stores across the twin cities to sell fraudulently obtained phone accounts at deeply discounted prices.  The Crime ring also used robbery of phones, commonly known as “apple picking.”  MPR reported on the twin cities wide uptick in robbery of cell phones during the past year.  The rise in robbery of cell phones coincided with the Crime Ring’s conspiracy to obtain cell phones through direct theft and robbery.

According to Fox 9, he University of Minnesota Police were also involved in the investigation, “Police Chief Greg Hestness said the takedown of Mustafa family attacked the root of last fall’s campus crime wave.”

 

You Can Help Prevent Crime at Augsburg!

-Trust Your Instincts – If you sense trouble, get away

-Be Observant and Aware – Remain alert, be aware of your surroundings, observe the other people around you.  Know who is around you.  Be alert for suspicious behavior (e.g. a person wearing a long coat in the middle of summer, loitering, etc.)

-Walk Confidently and Do Not Make Yourself a Target – Robbers are looking for an easy target.  Keep your head up and eyes alert and walk at a steady pace.  Do not walk while looking at you phone and avoid carrying lots of packages or other belongings.

-If You are Robbed – Stay calm and remember: safety first!  Follow the robber’s directions, but do not volunteer more than asked for.  If you have to move, tell the robber what you are doing and why.  Try to get a good look at the robber so you can describe him/her later.  Give the robber time to leave and note the direction he/she travels.

-After a Robbery – CALL DPS OR THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.  Avoid touching anything the robber has touched.  Try to recall as you can about the robber including speech and mannerisms.

-Notify DPS of any suspicious activity right away

 

FRESHMEN MOVE-IN PARKING AND TRAFFIC NOTICE

DATE: Friday, August 29 to Saturday, August 30

TIME: 10:00 p.m. (8/29) – 5:00 p.m. (8/30)

WHERE:  Lots: A, B, C, D & E & Streets: 8th St. S, 7th St. S., 21st Ave. S., 22nd Ave. S., 23rd Ave. S., Butler Pl.

Please check the Augsburg Map to see which lots are affected if you are not sure.

WHAT: Parking and traffic will be restricted on the above streets and reserved for freshmen moving into Urness.  Vehicles not moved by 9:59 p.m. on August 29 from any restricted Augsburg lot will be towed at the owner’s expense.  City streets are also subject to ticket and tow—check signage!

Those displaced by Freshmen Move-In may park in Lots G or L during this time.  Traffic flow will also be restricted around the park and dorms, so please plan accordingly.

Check the DPS website for updated information.

campus map with movein instructions

Motor Vehicle Theft – Aug. 9, 2014

DPS received a report that a student’s vehicle was stolen from Lot G (the faculty/staff lot near 21st Ave. S. and 6th St. S.) The student had parked at approximately 9:00 p.m. on August 8, 2014 and found the car missing at approximately 7:15 a.m. on August 9, 2014. The vehicle was found in Minneapolis and recovered by the police.

No suspect information is available at this time.

2014 City of Minneapolis Sewer Smoke Testing

During late summer and early fall 2014, the City of Minneapolis will be conducting smoke testings of the city sewers to look for leaks, cracks, or faulty connections.  As a result, we may see white smoke coming from sewer and plumbing.  Below is the posting from the City of Minneapolis’ website.

If you would like more information, please visit the city’s Sewer Smoke Testing website.

 

NOTICE FROM THE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS WEBSITE:

(The following text was prepared by and taken from the City of Minneapolis and is being provided only to relay the information to the Augsburg community.)

2014 Smoke Testing

Project Type:

Smoke testing helps us to find cracks, leaks or faulty connections that allow rainwater into the sanitary sewer system. These rainwater connections can overwhelm the sewer system during larger storm events and can cause Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) to the Mississippi River. The smoke testing project is a part of the City’s CSO Program which includes sanitary sewer repairs and upgrades aimed at eliminating CSO. Although the City has significantly reduced the occurrence of CSO more progress is needed to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act and to avoid fines and or additional surcharges for wastewater treatment.

Smoke testing Fact Sheet

Smoke testing Questions & Answers

Project Limits:

See detailed map.

Duration of Construction:

Testing will be completed in various locations between the months of April and November. Each smoke test will last approximately 30 minutes.

Traffic Impact:
Traffic impact should be minor. We anticipate that there will be short-term lane closures and some parking restrictions.

Construction Start Date:

Not known at this time.

Contact: Kelly MacIntyre 612-673-3626
Project Updates:
Look for updates here.

Burglary/Computer Theft

Crime Alert July 24, 2014: Burglary/Theft

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on July 24, 2014, a suspect stole a laptop from a professor’s office in Science. The suspect was a young, African-American male in his late teens or early 20s. He was wearing a red Chicago Bulls hat with a white bill, a long white t-shirt, and dark jeans. The suspect was also likely wearing an orthopedic boot on his left leg and walked with a limp. The suspect arrived and left in a light blue Rainbow Taxi. The professor was gone from the office for only about 30 seconds.

Crime Alert July 27, 2014: Burglary/Theft

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on July 27, 2014, a suspect stole a computer from a study lounge in Kennedy. The suspect was an African-American male in his mid-to-late 20s with a bald head. He was wearing a long, black t-shirt and dark jeans. He concealed the computer by removing his t-shirt and carried it out while wearing a white, sleeveless undershirt.

Crime Alert July 27, 2014: Burglary/Theft

At approximately 1:15 p.m. on July 27, 2014, a suspect stole an iMac computer from an office suite in Kennedy. There were 2 suspects who were young, African-American males in their early 20s. One male was wearing a “fishing hat,” a grey t-shirt, and dark jeans. The other was wearing a dark baseball cap, a long, button-down dark shirt, and dark jeans. He removed the long sleeved shirt to conceal the computer on the way out.

You Can Help Prevent Crime at Augsburg!

  • Lock your Doors – even if you will only be gone for a minute, lock your doors
  • Keep Valuables out of Sight and Secure them – use locked drawers or cabinets
  • Do Not Leave Valuables Unattended
  • Secure Valuables – Do not leave your purchase cards, credit cards, cash unattended in your office unless there is a safe or vault—especially overnight or on weekends
  • Do Not Bring an Excessive Amount of Cash to Work or Other Unnecessary Items
  • Keep Track of Serial Numbers or Other Identifying Information
  • Report Suspicious People and/or Activity to DPS Immediately
  • If you are the Victim of Theft – report the incident to DPS immediately

Crime Alert – July 16th – Robbery

Public Safety was notified at 4:37 PM on July 15th of a robbery that occurred on the footbridge across I-94, south of Murphy Park.  The victim was walking alone and was walking south across the footbridge when he was confronted by 3 male suspects.  One suspect punched the victim twice in the head while the other 2 suspects pulled him to the ground.  No weapons were reported.  The suspects took items from the victim’s pockets and took his backpack.

All 3 suspects are described as tall, thin African American males with medium complexion.  One of the suspects wore a grey hoodie and another suspect wore a red baseball cap.

You Can Help Prevent Crime at Augsburg!

-Trust Your Instincts – If you sense trouble, get away
-Be Observant and Aware – Remain alert, be aware of your surroundings, observe the other people around you.  Know who is around you.  Be alert for suspicious behavior (e.g. a person wearing a long coat in the middle of summer, loitering, etc.)
-Walk Confidently and Do Not Make Yourself a Target – Robbers are looking for an easy target.  Keep your head up and eyes alert and walk at a steady pace.  Do not walk while looking at you phone and avoid carrying lots of packages or other belongings.
-If You are Robbed – Stay calm and remember: safety first!  Follow the robber’s directions, but do not volunteer more than asked for.  If you have to move, tell the robber what you are doing and why.  Try to get a good look at the robber so you can describe him/her later.  Give the robber time to leave and note the direction he/she travels.
-After a Robbery – CALL DPS OR THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY.  Avoid touching anything the robber has touched.  Try to recall as you can about the robber including speech and mannerisms.
-Notify DPS of any suspicious activity right away