University of Maryland Police responded to reports of robberies, thefts and telephone/email misuse among other incidents over the past week, according to police reports.
University and Prince George’s County police are investigating reports of one attempted on-campus robbery and two off-campus robberies from early Sunday morning, all of which University Police say are connected.
A male student said he was walking near Ritchie Coliseum, along Rossborough Lane toward Leonardtown, at about 3:02 a.m. when the driver of a dark vehicle asked him for directions, according to a UMD Alert update. The driver asked about his property, and the student fled when the passenger-side door started to open, the update said. The suspects implied that they had a weapon, but the witness did not see one, and was not injured.
The vehicle, which was reportedly occupied by five males, has been described as a four-door Volkswagen with a Maryland plate, 5DH5117, alerts read. It had a broken rear tail light that was brighter on the passenger side than on the driver side.
The other two robberies occurred at the intersection of Route 1 and Greenbelt Road, near Rita’s, and at the intersection of Dartmouth Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue in south College Park, according to the alerts.
University Police responded to 251 North on Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. for a reported theft, according to police logs. A male student-employee reported that on Aug. 27 between 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., his wallet went missing, and the following day, he was notified of a fraudulent charge on his credit card account.
The same day at 4:54 p.m., University Police responded to South Campus Commons 4 for a reported bicycle theft, according to police logs. A female university student told police that her bicycle was stolen from a rack located between Commons #4 and Allegany Hall between Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. and Aug. 27 at 8:30 a.m., said police spokesperson Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas.
On Aug. 29, University Police responded to Elkton Hall for a telephone/ email misuse report at 1:08 a.m., according to police reports.
A male student reported to police that he met a female on a social media platform and the two “engaged in a mutually consensual conversation regarding services the female provides for a fee,” according to Hoaas. The student later changed his mind and ended the chat.
After ending the chat, an unknown male called the student back insisting that he pay for the female’s services. After the student refused to pay, the male caller threatened him, according to Hoaas.
The officer to whom the student reported told him to report the incident to the social media platform, according to Hoaas.
This case is suspended.