Crime Bulletins

Type of Bulletin:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia PD)  – Armed Robbery

Date and Time:
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 around 1:00 AM

Location:
Near the intersection of Blossom and Barnwell St, Columbia, SC

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.

Suspect Information:
Black male approximately 6’00 feet tall, slender build, wearing dark clothing

Incident:
At approximately 1:00 am on 01/17/2017, an individual was walking near the intersection of Blossom and Barnwell Street when he was approached by the suspect who pulled out what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money. The suspect got into a dark sedan and fled towards Five Points. The victim did not sustain any injuries. Officers from the City of Columbia Police Department responded along with the University of South Carolina Police Department and patrolled the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

A Carolina Alert was not sent since the suspect was known to have fled the area in a vehicle and no longer posed an imminent threat.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

Safety Tips:
– Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

– The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

– Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

– The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

– Be aware of your surroundings and  trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Leave.

– If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.

– USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.

 

Incident Date and Time:

October 1st to Present

Type of Bulletin:

Moped Thefts

Location:
701 Park Street, Columbia, South Carolina

Alert Status:
Crime Bulletin with social media notification and web page posting only.

Suspect Information:
Unknown

Incident:
Over the past month there have been three mopeds stolen from the moped parking area at 701 Park Street, which is near the USC Energy Facility located  adjacent to the Lincoln Street residence halls and the Coliseum.

There have been other moped thefts in the area to include thefts near Olympia Mills Apartments, the Greek Village, Park Place Apartments, and Greene Crossing Apartments.  Students parking their mopeds near 701 Park Street or in the vicinity of this location should take necessary precautions to secure their moped.

Officers from USCPD and CPD are actively investigating these cases and individuals with information are encouraged to contact USCPD at 777-4215 or the Columbia Police Department.

Members of the Carolina Community can also report a tip to CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com.

Safety Tips:

  • Be sure to register your moped with Parking Services. Register online at www.sc.edu/vmps/
  • Properly secure and lock your moped. If possible use two locks and locks recommended for mopeds.
  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.

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