Community Crime Alerts

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Community Crime Alerts are reports of major criminal incidents on the campus that could potentially affect the larger Stanford community. While such crimes are not indicative of life on campus, it is important to be aware of them when they do occur and to take the appropriate precautions.

The following crime alerts were put out by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety during the academic year of 2007-2008. Crime Alerts are listed according to the most recent incident.


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Prowler - Governor's Corner / Lagunita Court

A prowler was spotted in the Governor's corner - Lagunita Court area last week. The description of the suspect is as follows: White male 53 years old Height: 5'11" Weight: 200 Brown hair and brown eyes The suspect was last seen driving a 1988 white Cadillac, license plate number 6BGP856 Please call 9-911 or 911 immediate to report any suspicious activity.

Posted 07/07/08

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Peeping

On 6/1/08 at approximately 9:40pm at the Terra House, a peeping incident occurred. While the Victim was showering, the Suspect entered the second floor , unlocked, unisex bathroom and attempted to take photographs of the victim. The Suspect was described as being an Asian male, approximately 5'10" tall, weighing approximately 165 lbs, his brown hair was parted in the middle and he was wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. If anyone has any additional information – please contact the SUDPS Detective Bureau at 650-723-7670

Posted 06/02/08

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*Special Advisory* - Gas Siphoning

Faced with increasing gas prices, there have now been scattered reports of gas siphoning (theft) from vehicles throughout the Bay Area. There is also mounting concern that history will repeat itself with rampant incidents of gas siphoning that occurred during the gas price hikes in the 1970’s. In 2006, there was one reported theft of gas from a vehicle at Stanford University. Most of the vehicles targeted have been commercial trucks, vans, and buses due to the ease of siphoning the gas from underneath the vehicle. Depending on the quantity and value, theft of gas is either a misdemeanor or felony (over $400) under the California Penal Code.

As part of our continuing efforts to ensure the safety and security of the Stanford community, this ADVISORY is posted with the following measures to help prevent the siphoning of gas, especially from the many commercial-type vehicles that are utilized by the Facilities and Operations divisions:

  • Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area at night
  • Record the fuel gauge level before and after each use
  • Check the fuel tank to ensure the gas cap is in place and secure
  • Check the area around the fuel tank and ground below for any gas spillage, or if the odor of gas is detected
  • Check the area around the vehicle for any evidence of possible gas siphoning such as a gas can, funnel, hose, or cloth with the odor of gas
  • Immediately report any suspicious persons or activities you observe that may indicate a gas siphoning in progress, or just occurred (ie, an individual with items typically associated with gas siphoning as listed above)
  • Install a locking gas cap
  • Do not refuel a vehicle if it will be parked overnight, or for an extended period such as over a weekend. This may discourage the attempt by a thief if the desired quantity is not available.

As with any crime or suspicious person or activity, the Department of Public Safety urges the community to immediately call 911, or 9-911 from a campus phone.

Posted 6/2/08

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Auto Burglaries *Update*

There were three window smash vehicle burglaries on campus over the Memorial Day weekend. On May 28th another vehicle burglary was reported. Three of the vehicles were burglarized near the Palm Oval and one was burglarized in the 655 Serra Lot. Items taken from the vehicles were in plain view. No suspects were seen.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety strongly urges the community to remove all items in view from your vehicle. All briefcases, computer cases, tote bags, gym bags, and all electronic accessories. Also, remove any mounting devices for the electronic equipment/ accessories from the vehicle or conceal them so they are not visible to anyone looking into the vehicle. A mounting device left in view may be an indicator to the thief that its associated electronic device may still be hidden in the vehicle (glove compartment).

Report any suspicious persons in or about the area of parked vehicles by dialing "9-1-1" from a cell phone or by dialing "9-9-1-1" from a campus phone line.

Posted 05/29/08

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Trespass / Prowling

On May 20th at approximately 5am an unknown suspect crawled through a first floor bathroom window at the Castano dorm. The suspect loitered in the hallway and then left the building in an unknown direction.

Posted 05/22/08

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Auto Burglaries *Update*

There were two auto burglaries reported on 4/24/08 in Parking Structure 5.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety strongly urges the community to remove all items in view from your vehicle. All briefcases, computer cases, tote bags, duffel bags, and all electronic accessories. Also, remove any mounting devices for the electronic equipment/ accessories from the vehicle or conceal them so they are not visible to anyone looking into the vehicle. A mounting device left in view may be an indicator to the thief that its associated electronic device may still be hidden in the vehicle (glove compartment).

Report any suspicious persons in or about the area of parked vehicles by dialing "9-1-1" from a cell phone or by dialing "9-9-1-1" from a campus phone line.

Posted 4/24/08

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Auto Burglaries *Update*

There have been two more reported auto burglaries in the area of Nixon School and Narnia. Both times a Suspect was seen.

Suspect’s description: Hispanic male in his 20s, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” with long black hair in a ponytail and a heavyset build. He was last seen wearing hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap turned backwards. The suspect vehicle is a newer model white Pontiac Grand Prix with a spoiler, tinted rear windows, and paper (new car) plates.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety strongly urges the community to remove all items in view from your vehicle. All briefcases, computer cases, tote bags, duffel bags, and all electronic accessories. Also, remove any mounting devices for the electronic equipment/ accessories from the vehicle or conceal them so they are not visible to anyone looking into the vehicle. A mounting device left in view may be an indicator to the thief that its associated electronic device may still be hidden in the vehicle (glove compartment).

Report any suspicious persons in or about the area of parked vehicles by dialing "9-1-1" from a cell phone or by dialing "9-9-1-1" from a campus phone line.

Posted 4/23/08

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Sexual Assault *Update*

On 4/17/08 at approximately 3:00am a non-stranger sexual assault occurred in a student residence. The suspect was taken into custody, booked into Santa Clara County Jail and was subsequently released pending charges.

Posted 4/22/08

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Sexual Assault

On 4/17/08 at approximately 3:00am a non-stranger sexual assault occurred in a student residence. The suspect is in custody.

Posted 4/17/08

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Prowling

On Sunday March 3 at approximately 1:25am on Olmstead Road, a female student heard noises outside of her bedroom window. She looked out and saw a male walking from the area behind her apartment across to Building 25. She observed him walk up to another bedroom window and try to look inside (the blinds were closed). The male then walked away toward Comstock Road.

The male was described at White, mid 20’s, 6’ tall, possibly 170 lbs, with dark hair and wearing a black long sleeve t-shirt and khaki cargo pants.

Posted 4/01/08

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Campus Auto Burglaries *Update*

There have been several recent auto burglaries within the parking lots at Stanford University. Items taken from the victim's vehicles include GPS units, and portable stereo devices. Most of the items taken were in plain view within the vehicles. Many of the stolen electronic devices were on the dash or on window mounts.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety strongly urges the community to remove all items in view from your vehicle. All briefcases, computer cases, tote bags, duffle bags, and all electronic accessories. Also, remove any mounting devices for the electronic equipment/accessories from the vehicle or conceal them so they are not visible to anyone looking into the vehicle. A mounting device left in view may be an indicator to the thief that its associated electronic device may still be hidden in the vehicle (glove compartment).

Report any suspicious person(s) in or about the area of parked vehicles by dialing "9-1-1" from a cell phone or by dialing "9-9-1-1" from a campus phone line.

Posted 03/24/08

Day Time Burglaries

On March 24th there were two day time burglaries. One on Mayfield Avenue while the owner was at home. The suspect or suspects kicked in the door and when they heard the owner they fled. The suspect(s) are still at large. A second burglary occurred on Gerona Road, in which the residents were also home. Nothing was taken and the suspect(s) are still at large. There is no suspect description for either case.

Posted 3/24/08

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Auto Burglaries *Update*

Escondido Village has been the target of a recent string of auto burglaries. Electronic devices in plain view appear to be the main target. It is strongly recommended that you remove all electronic devices from your vehicle or at least hide them from plain view.

Posted 03/14/08

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Online Scam

We have received reports that people with a Stanford email address have recently been receiving an online scam. The scam alleges that a hitman was hired to kill the recipient and demands $10,000 to stop the hit. There have been similar "hitman" scams in the past. The email does not name the recipient by name and is very general.

Posted 03/04/08

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EV Peeper

On 2/7/08 at about 12:10am, a peeper was spotted outside of a bedroom window located in Building 14 in Escondido Village. A neighbor in Building 13 observed the suspect and made loud noises in an attempt to scare off the peeper. The victim was not even aware of the peeper's presence. The peeper was described as : Tall, thin, white/male/adult, 6-0/180 lbs, short dark hair. Last seen wearing: black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans On 2/8/08 at about 10:35pm, a female student reported seeing a finger push open her window blinds. She quickly left the room and was unable to get a description of the peeper.

Posted 02/11/08

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Arrested

On 1/31/08 at approximately 4pm, deputies responded to reports of several residential burglaries in the dorms in Sterling Quad. While they were investigating the burglaries, residents of Ujamaa called 911 to report 3 suspicious people in their dorm. They provided a description of 2 males and 1 female subject.

Deputies responded and all three subjects were found, detained and subsequently arrested for burglary. At this time it appears that all property taken was recovered.

Posted 1/31/08

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Institutional Burglary

On January 24th at approximately 10am, a suspect entered several offices in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center and stole a wallet. The suspect was described as follows: Black male, 18-20 years old, 5'8" to 5'9" tall, thin build, navy blue peacoat, navy blue knit cap. The suspect is still at large.

Posted 01/25/08

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Residential Burglary

On 12/3/07, between 11:00am and 4:00pm, an unknown suspect entered a series of dormitory rooms in Lantana Hall by prying open locked doors. The same also occurred between 1:30pm and 6:30pm in the Bob House. In both incidents a variety of items were taken including laptop computers.

If you see someone suspicious in your dorm - call 911 immediately.

Theft Protection Information:

  • Never prop open a locked door.
  • When leaving your dorm room, home, or office, lock doors and windows even if you will be gone for only an instant.
  • Never leave purses, wallets, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be especially careful with your credit cards, which are very popular items among thieves because they are usually easy to steal and then use again. Consider obtaining a credit card with your photo imprinted on it.
  • Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft. Consider the purchase of a locking security device.
  • Contact the SUDPS to borrow engravers for your home or office equipment; engrave computers, stereos, and televisions with your drivers license number (including home state) or department name. Do not engrave on removable serial number plates.
  • Keep a list of all items and serial numbers in a safe place.

Posted 12/04/07


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Auto Burglaries

Recently there has been an increase in auto burglaries on the Stanford Campus. Laptops and handbags left visible in the passenger compartment have been the targets for these auto burglaries in several particular cases. Suspects have been targeting vehicles parked in campus parking structures, as well as those near Canter Arts Museum on Roth Way.

Suspect Information: HMA, 18-19 years, 5-3", thin build, clean-shaven. Last seen wearing: black baseball cap turned sideways, black jacket, long white shirt below hips, low blue jeans, white athletic shoes.

The Stanford Police Department would like to remind residents about the following safety tips:

  • REMEMBER to lock your vehicle. It is not uncommon for vehicles to be burglarized in broad daylight.
  • Do NOT leave items of value in your vehicle (i.e. cell phones, briefcases, laptops, loose change.)
  • Do NOT try to conceal items under seats or in glove compartments. Suspects know these tactics and they will sometimes wait in parking lots of gyms, schools, parks etc. to watch where victims hide their belongings.
  • If you have a vehicle alarm, use it.
  • If you have a pull out radio, take it with you.
  • If you hear glass breaking, a vehicle alarm going off or any other suspicious noises, immediately report it to the police department. Most suspects are apprehended as a result of alert citizens calling the police on a timely manner.

Posted 11/26/07


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Residential Burglary - November 18

Some time during the day on November 18th, an unknown person or persons burglarized an unoccupied home located on Salvatierra Street. The burglars gained entry to the house by breaking a window. Some jewelry and silverware was stolen.

Posted 11/20/07

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Sexual Assault in Palo Alto - October 30

On 10/30/07, sometime between 3 and 4pm. An unknown assailant attacked a 17 year old female victim from behind near the 500 block of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto. The victim was struck several times in the face then dragged into his vehicle. The victim was taken to another location and assaulted. Approximately 90 minutes after the abduction, the victim managed to escape from the vehicle and run for assistance in the City of Sunnyvale.

The victim described the assailant as: black male adult, 20-30 years old, short hair, no facial hair, medium height and build, last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The suspect was later arrested.

Stanford Police would like to remind people to be extra vigilant due to the Halloween holiday. Also, remember to walk in groups or pairs. Both Palo Alto Police and Stanford DPS will be increasing their patrols for the Halloween holiday.

Posted 10/31/07

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Prowler - October 21

On Oct 21, 2007 at about 2330 hours at 22 Olmsted Rd, a prowler was heard(crunching of dried leaves) walking around near the victim's apartment. The female victim looked out the rear door and saw the suspect. The suspect then fled the area. The suspect was described as follows:

HMA or Italian(olive type colored skin), late 20's, 5-9/160, Dark hair Wearing: a dark letterman jacket w/light colored leather sleeves, dark jeans

Posted 10/24/07

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Attempted Burglary - October 2007

On 10/14/07, at approximately 0130 hrs, a burglary suspect was arrested at the Phi Sig Fraternity House. Several house members detained the suspect, who had attempted to steal items from one of the rooms. There were people sleeping in the room at the time of the burglary. The suspect was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Posted 10/15/07

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Assault and Battery - October 2007

On 10/13/07, at approximately 2210 hours, an Assault & Battery occurred at Junipero Serra Blvd and Campus Drive West. An unknown suspect approached a female jogger after running behind at a distance for quite some time. When the suspect caught up to her he then pushed her to the ground causing minor injuries. The victim described her attacker as being a white male, 6-0 feet tall, early twenties, approximately 160 lbs, thin build, with short dark hair. The suspect wore a white t-shirt, light blue shorts with two vertical stripes down the sides and a baseball cap. If anyone has any information regarding this case and the identity of the suspect please contact Detective Mark Trueblood of the Stanford Department of Public Safety (650) 723-9633.

Posted 10/15/07

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Theft - October 2007

On Friday, 10/12/07 at approximately 10:00pm in Toyon Hall, laptops and ipods were stolen from a dorm room. The suspect is described as being a black adult male, wearing baggy blue jeans, with a shaved head and slender build.

Theft Protection Information:

  • When leaving your dorm room, home, or office, lock doors and windows even if you will be gone for only an instant.
  • Never leave purses, wallets, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be especially careful with your credit cards, which are very popular items among thieves because they are usually easy to steal and then use again. Consider obtaining a credit card with your photo imprinted on it.
  • Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft. Consider the purchase of a locking security device.
  • Contact the SUDPS to borrow engravers for your home or office equipment; engrave computers, stereos, and televisions with your drivers license number (including home state) or department name. Do not engrave on removable serial number plates.
  • Keep a list of all items and serial numbers in a safe place.
  • Never prop open a locked door.

Posted 10/13/07

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Trespassing - October 2007

On Friday, 10/12/07 at 6:30pm, the victim, a resident of Larkin, entered her room and found an unknown male inside. The unknown male told her he was there to see her roommate referring to the roommate by name. The names of all residents are posted outside the doors. The roommate was not at home. When contacted later, the roommate did not know anyone matching the description. The victim provided the following suspect description to the police: a 20 year old black male with a medium build and braces on his teeth, wearing baggy blue jeans with rainbow stitching, a white t-shirt and a white baseball cap.

Posted 10/13/07

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Trespassing - October 2007

At approximately 1:00am Friday morning, 10/12/07, residents of Theta Delta Chi observed three (3) males in the hallway of the fraternity house. One of the suspects was seen walking out of an otherwise unoccupied dorm room. The residents approached the three suspects and inquired as to their purpose. The suspects claimed to be waiting for a female friend who they said resided in the house. The residents called 911, providing descriptive information on the individuals as well as the vehicle they were driving. The suspects were stopped by police approximately 2 blocks from the residence and subsequently arrested for tresspassing/prowling.

Posted 10/13/07

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Assault - October 2007

Stanford University Police are investigating several assaults that occurred early Saturday at a Theta Delta Chi fraternity house party.

Two men were arrested and charged in connection with the incident. Their names have not yet been released.

At least eight students sustained minor cuts and bruises as a result of the incident. One student was treated at Stanford Hospital and released. The names of the victims have not been released.

External non-SUDPS security personnel had been hired for the Theta Delta Chi party, scheduled to end at 1 a.m. Ten to 15 non-students were allowed entry to the fraternity house and are alleged to have assaulted some of the students. The police were called around 1:30 am and arrived within minutes of multiple 911 calls. Two suspects who fled in a vehicle and on foot were pursued and apprehended. Currently under investigation are reports that some personal property may have been taken in connection with these assaults.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Stanford police at 723-9633.

Stanford is a safe community with a low crime rate but crime can still occur. If you witness any suspicious activity please call 911 immediately.

Posted 10/09/07

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Prowler - September 2007

On Saturday 9/29/07, residents of Kappa Alpha Theta in the Cowell Cluster reported seeing an unidentified male peering into windows on the first floor. The incident occurred between 12:00 and 1:00 am. The suspect was described as being a Caucasian male, between 5-8 and 6 feet tall, thin build wearing a black zippered sweatshirt with a hood and carrying a red backpack. In the event that you notice someone suspicious in or around a residence or other building, do not attempt to detain the individual. Try to obtain descriptive information, including the direction in which the individual may be traveling. Immediately report the individual to the Stanford Department of Public Safety by calling 9-911 from a University phone or 911 from a cell or off-campus phone.

Posted 10/01/07

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Sexual Battery - September 2007

On Monday night, September 24 2007, at approximately midnight, a sexual battery occurred on the Stanford Campus. The female victim was walking on Escondido Road from Kimball Hall to Castano when she was approached from behind by an unknown male. The victim was held in place for several seconds before she was able to break free. The suspect had light skin and is estimated to be approximately 6 feet tall and around twenty years of age. He is still at large at this time.

Posted 09/28/07

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