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KU police investigate string of vandalism incidents in campus buildings

July 30, 2013

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Campus police are investigating a string of vandalism incidents reported this month at Kansas University.

Reports of damage in campus buildings began July 12, when vandals caused about $5,000 damage to bathroom stalls in a men's room at Wescoe Hall and benches on the building's ground floor.

Several incidents followed in other campus buildings, including in Blake Hall, Fraser Hall, Malott Hall and Stauffer-Flint Hall, where restrooms, classroom chairs, hallway benches, tables and windows were damaged, according to a KU Public Safety Office report.

All of the buildings were unlocked at the time of the incidents because faculty and staff were working inside, said Capt. Schuyler Bailey, a KU Public Safety spokesman. The total cost of the vandalism, based on the damage estimates in police reports, exceeded $9,000.

It's not clear whether all of the incidents are related, Bailey said. Police are looking for information about a possible suspect in one of the most recent incidents, a person seen leaving the area of Blake Hall on Friday night. The suspect was described as a black male, of heavy build, wearing a navy blue Cardinals shirt and carrying a light-colored backpack.

Campus police have asked anyone with information about these incidents to call Crime Stoppers, at 785-864-8888, or the KU Public Safety Office, at 785-864-5900.

Comments

JJE007 8 months, 2 weeks ago

These crimes seem juvenile. Look at the influx of juveniles on campus.

Too controversial?

Eat the cost. Keep installing your cameras.

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Jen43 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh sure, blame it on some unknown or nonexistent Black male. The poor guy was pribably just minding his own business.

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Randall Uhrich 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Good argument for security cameras.

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Jean Robart 8 months, 3 weeks ago

a navy BLUE CARDINALS shirt? Was he colorblind? or was the person who described him?

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Keith 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Does the legislature have an alibi?

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