Do Not Cross: Crime Slows on Campus

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

The past month has been a quiet one for the Mercer Police department. From Feb. 15 to March 16, only three criminal incidents were reported. Two of the three crimes were thefts by taking.

Feb. 15

Mercer Police responded to reports of a suspicious black male behind MEP at 8:40 a.m. The responding officer discovered the man had been arrested for trespassing before as well as several verbal and written warnings. The man was placed under arrest and transported to Bibb County Jail.

Feb. 22

A student locked her 26-inch, 18-speed, dusty rose-colored bicycle to the rack outside of Knight Hall on Feb. 19. When she returned three days later, the bike was gone. Her father told Mercer Police that the bike cost $175 when it was purchased eight years ago.

March 16

A Mercer employee left her office in the Connell Student Center for lunch. Three and a half hours later, she received a call from a credit card company that a $450 dollar charge had been made to her card. She began searching through her purse and found that her wallet was missing. Inside the wallet was her driver’s license and various credit and debit cards, including a Morgan Stanley Mercer University purchase card and a Mercer University Flex Spending debit card.

Three other attempts were made on three different cards, but each purchase was denied.