October crime roundup: Here's what happened on and around MSU
From Homecoming to Halloween, more than 200 crimes were reported to MSU Police in the month of October alone, according to police documents.
According to the Clery Crime and Fire Log, MSUPD’s official document that records incidents reported to the department, the following crimes were reported:
- 93 larcenies. Earlier in October, MSUPD Cpt. Doug Monette said most of the petty thefts that occur on campus “crimes of opportunity,” many of which arise from people leaving their belongings unattended.
- 20 minor in possession violations
- 19 reports of fraud, most of which stem from illegal use of a credit card — but also include incidences of identity theft and retail fraud.
- 16 reports of an individual in possession of marijuana
- 14 assaults, three of which were reported as aggravated assaults. The rest were documented as simple assaults.
- 12 burglaries — 11 of which were reported on campus
- Eight reports of criminal sexual conduct. According to the log, some incidents date back as far as 1980.
- Three open liquor violations
- Three reports of extortion
- Two peeping tom incidents
- Two reports of trespassing
- One incident of an individual making a false police report
Other crimes from football game days include scenarios in which an individual failed to obey a police officer, public urination violations, illegal t-shirt sales, and an instance in which a person used an unauthorized source of amplified sound.
MSUPD announced in October it would also be stepping up security measures at indoor facilities for MSU basketball and hockey games, along with other special events. If an individual sees any suspicious activity on campus, they’re encouraged to reach out to MSUPD.
East Lansing Case and Arrest Summary
Each week, East Lansing Police releases a weekly log of crimes and violations that were reported to ELPD. Below are some of the most notable crimes reported to ELPD throughout the month, including approximately:
- 44 larcenies.
- 23 incidents of disorderly conduct.
- 20 assaults, most of which were simple or non-aggravated
- 17 arrests for operating while intoxicated
- 18 thefts or burglaries, most of which were vehicle thefts
- 13 issued minor in possessions
- 11 cases of fraud, mostly incidences of retail fraud
- Eight sexual assaults
- Eight incidents of arson
- Four weapons violations.
- Four drug-related incidents: two marijuana charges, one incident of heroin possession and one incident of crack possession.
- Three robberies, including the Jimmy John’s at Grand River Avenue and Collingwood Drive, which was held up at gunpoint.
- Three complaints for harassment.
- Two embezzlements.
- Two incidents of trespassing
- One incident of indecent exposure.