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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Crime

Police working to resolve recent robberies


Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for help identifying in the armored vehicle robbery on campus last week.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for help identifying in the armored vehicle robbery on campus last week.  | Courtesy of the FBI

Police authorities are taking steps to resolve recent crimes on campus.

UH Police Chief Ceasar Moore told students in an email that the investigation into Friday’s armed robbery is still ongoing but that the police are vigorously following all leads in pursuit of the suspects.

“We have determined that the suspects gained entry to Law Residence Hall through an individual who used a personal access card to let the suspects in,” Moore said.

“This is a security breach and a violation of established protocol.”

According to the UH Police Department’s security alert about the incident, three armed men demanded the cellphones and wallets of six students in the basement of the residence hall and fled through the nearby emergency exit.

In the email, Moore asked all UH students to refrain from allowing individuals to enter secure buildings without personally swiping an access card.

“While it may be uncomfortable not to hold a door open for another person, the security system and card access systems work best when this practice is followed,” he said.

In the armored vehicle robbery that occurred Dec. 6 in front of the University Center, the FBI has released a sketch of one of three suspects, and Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering $5,000 for information about the identification of the gunman’s accomplices.

The Crime Stoppers press release describes the shooter as an African American male, 25 to 35 years of age, about 6 feet tall, and between 180 to 200 pounds.

No further information is available on these crimes at this time, but the University is taking measures to reduce the crime rate on campus.

“I am currently recruiting an additional 40 officers to join our force,” Moore said. “We hope to add at least 10 security officers a month until those positions are filled.

“In addition, we have more than 1,200 cameras monitoring the campus 24-7.”

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