University of Maryland Police responded to reports of a car theft, auto theft and damage to state property over the past eight days, according to police reports.

Car theft

On April 1 at 11:47 a.m., University Police assisted Prince George’s County Police for a report of a carjacking at the 8700 block of Route 1, according to police reports. A woman got out of her blue Nissan Rogue at 11:05 a.m. to pump gas at a gas station when an unknown man jumped into her car and drove off, headed in an unknown direction, Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman Officer Ameera Abdullah said.

County police are labeling the case a “jump-in” car theft, not a carjacking, which involves a forceful attempt to break into a car, Abdullah said.

This case is closed by exception for University Police, but Prince George’s County Police’s auto theft unit is still investigating.

Theft from auto

On April 3 at 2:05 p.m., University Police responded to the 3400 block of Tulane Drive for a report of a theft from auto, according to police reports. Between 1:40 and 2 p.m., the passenger-side front window was smashed, and property was taken from the car, University Police spokeswoman Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas said.

This case is active.


University Police responded to the bus stop area near Stamp Student Union for a report of a theft on April 4 at 5:36 p.m., according to police reports. A male university employee reported to police that a 30-year-old female shuttle bus passenger, identified as Sade Latoya Barnes, took a clipboard that contained documents related to the bus before she got off, Hoaas said.

Barnes was last seen getting onto another bus heading toward the College Park Metro Station, and once an officer found her, she was arrested and charged with theft of less than $100, Hoaas said. She was released from the police department with a criminal citation and issued a denial of access to the campus. The documents were returned to the owner, Hoaas said.

This case is closed.

On April 2 at 6:32 p.m., police took a report of a theft that occurred at 251 North, according to police reports. A female student reported to police that she had left her property at the dining hall between March 28 at 5 p.m. and April 1 at 11:20 a.m., Hoaas said.

When she returned, she found that someone had turned in her backpack, but her laptop was gone, Hoaas said.

This case is active.

Police also responded to the Plant Sciences Building for a report of theft on April 3 at 11:01 a.m., according to police reports. Hoaas said a female student reported that between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., she left her cell phone outside a room. When she returned, it was gone.

This case is active.

Damage to state property

University Police responded to a report of damage to state property on April 4 at 3:27 p.m., according to police reports. Police responded to parking lot C1 for a light pole that was laying in the road, Hoaas said. No one was injured and no cars were damaged, she added.

This case is closed by exception.