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A 4/20 oops on the KU campus

Someone on the University of Kansas campus appears to have missed out on the peak hour of April 20, aka 4/20, celebrated as a national holiday by pot smokers.

According to an online crime report from KU police, this incident occurred between 4:15 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. on Friday, April 20: “Someone left a jacket containing drug paraphernalia and marijuana on a KU bus.”

The crime, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, was reported shortly after 4:30 p.m. at the Kansas Union — I presume by KU transit or someone else who found the jacket, though I’m awaiting confirmation on that from KU police. According to the crime report, the related KU police investigation is ongoing.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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Robbers reportedly target KU student walking on campus late at night, steal his cookies

Three men allegedly attacked a University of Kansas student walking on campus late Friday night and stole not his backpack, phone or money but "his Hot Box cookies,” according to information from KU police.

Two cookies — which the victim was carrying in a box — were stolen, said Deputy Chief James Anguiano of the KU Office of Public Safety. He said the cookies were valued at $5.

The robbery allegedly occurred between 10 and 10:45 p.m. Friday in the 1300 block of Hoch Auditoria Drive, near Anschutz Library, according to the KU police crime log. It was reported to KU police about 11:45 p.m.

The victim reportedly was jumped on and pushed to the ground, but was not injured, according to a Crime Alert KU police sent out early Saturday morning. The suspects were described as three white males with brown hair, dark shirts and dark pants. Two were approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, and the third about 5 feet 5 inches.

Anschutz Library, 1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive on the Kansas University campus.

Anschutz Library, 1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive on the Kansas University campus. by Sara Shepherd

Anyone with tips about the crime is asked to call KU police at 864-5900 or KU Crime Stoppers at 864-8888.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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Lawrence’s ‘harming plants’ law in action

In Lawrence there’s a law against harming plants. And every once in a while I’ve seen people arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of violating it. Here’s one recent incident that happened on the University of Kansas campus, although in this case the alleged plant-harmer is still at large.

Last week, according to the online KU police crime log, someone reported that a vehicle went off the road overnight, did some doughnuts and damaged the grass near the Library Annex, 1880 Westbrooke St. over on West Campus. The case is still open, according to the crime log.

Not that I’m not curious, but being pretty busy covering things like murder and rape cases I haven’t dug into any of the other harming-plants arrests to see what they were about. The ordinance appears it would cover everything from angrily ripping up your neighbor’s flower bed to stealing a snack from a fruit tree that isn’t yours (unless it belongs to the city).

Here’s the city’s ordinance against harming plants, a category of criminal damage to property:

No person shall willfully injure or destroy any plant, tree, vine, or flower, the property of another, standing on or attached to the land of another, or shall pick, destroy, or carry away therefrom or in any way interfere with any part of the flowers or fruit thereof; except that this section shall not prohibit the picking or carrying away of the ripe fruit of any tree, plant, or vine on any property owned by the City of Lawrence; provided, however, that no ripe fruit of any tree, plant or vine located in a public right-of-way or leased to another party shall be so picked or carried away.

Rain falls on flowers on the University of Kansas campus Monday, May 16, 2016, as a passerby with an umbrella walks in the background.

Rain falls on flowers on the University of Kansas campus Monday, May 16, 2016, as a passerby with an umbrella walks in the background.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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KU student swindled by Instagram scam

A University of Kansas student is out more than $2,000 after reportedly falling victim to a scammer on Instagram.

According to a KU police report and information from KU Deputy Chief James Anguiano, a student reported to police this week that someone hacked his aunt’s Instagram account and claimed to need money — which the victim sent, thinking it was to help his aunt when actually it was to someone posing as her online.

The loss was valued at $2,850, according to the report. The suspect is unknown, and the investigation remains open, Anguiano said.

Similar scams can happen through other forms of electronic communication and social media, too, Anguiano said. His suggestion for avoiding falling prey to them: Pick up the phone.

“Call to verify if they really need the money,” Anguiano said.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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