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Crime Log & Bulletins

Access daily crime logs and bulletins published by USC Police Department.

Daily Crime Log

Access a chronological record of all criminal incidents reported by USC Police Department within the past two months. View Log [pdf]

Older Crime Logs
Contact our Records Unit at 803-777-5282.

Copy of Incident Report
Call the Records Unit at 803-777-5282. Or, complete the online request form to request copies.

 

Crime Bulletins

If a situation or incident is not immediately life threatening or is contained, a crime bulletin may be posted to provide a warning to the university community. Crime bulletins are issued when pertinent information is available and may also include relevant safety tips.

Email Bomb Threats Hoax 12/13/18

Type of Bulletin:  Email Bomb Threats Hoax

Date and Time:  Ongoing (Bulletin Issued 12/13/18)

Location:  Nationwide

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

 

Incident

Numerous bomb threat emails have been sent to news outlets, government buildings, banks, and businesses around the country, throughout the day.  State and federal law enforcement officials are investigating the emails, and the threats do not appear to be credible.  Although the current email threats appear to be a hoax, we encourage anyone receiving a threat to immediately report it to law enforcement.  We encourage the Carolina Community not to open any attachments from unknown senders.

Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or items to local law enforcement. 

 

Safety Tips

  • If you receive a bomb threat, notify the police.
  • If it is a written threat:  
    • Do not touch or move the letter, call USCPD and report the information. 
  • If it is an email: 
    • Call USCPD and forward the email to uscpd@mailbox.sc.edu
  • If it is a phone call: 
    • Do not hang up, remain calm and keep the caller on the line as long as possible.
    • Listen carefully and obtain as much information as possible. 
    • Take notes about the call and the caller. 
    • Call or have someone else call 911. 
    • Additional information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security "Bomb Threat Procedure and Checklist
  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with USCPD during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.
Theft From Vehicles 11/15/18

Type of Bulletin: Thefts from Vehicles 

Date and Time: Ongoing (Bulletin Issued 11/15/18)

Location: 650 Lincoln Area and Senate Street Garage Area 

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

 

Incident

Recently thefts from vehicles have increased around the University of South Carolina Columbia Campus. This ongoing trend involves an unknown suspect entering Jeep Wranglers and other unlocked vehicles and removing money and readily accessible items from the front and rear passenger seat areas. This trend appears to be targeting the Senate Street Garage and 650 Lincoln Street areas.

There have been at least five instances in which the victim’s vehicle was a Jeep Wrangler model. However, all individuals should ensure their vehicles are locked and valuable items removed from their vehicles. There also appears to be vehicle break-ins around the downtown area in parking lots and parking garages. The University of South Carolina Police Department is actively patrolling all University parking lots and parking garages.

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

  • Lock the doors and close the windows to your vehicle. 
  • Park your vehicle in well lit areas. 
  • Hide your valuables and remove them from plain site. If possible, remove any valuables from your vehicle.
  • If you leave your vehicle parked in one area for an extended period of time, check on it at least every couple of days. Report any attempts to tamper with your vehicle or other suspicious activity directly to the police.
  • If you see someone or something suspicious, or persons loitering in an area, call or text USC PD.
  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with USCPD during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.

Assisting other Agency (Columbia Police Department)

*** UPDATE – SUSPECT WAS ARRESTED ON 09-12-2018 ***

Incident Date and Time: Tuesday, September 11th at approximately 7:00 a.m.

Location of Incident:  1700 Block of Greene Street

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

A suspect has recently been identified and arrest warrants were obtained this evening.

Suspect Information:  


Name – Evrard Tehua

Sex – Male

Date of Birth – 10/11/1991

Hair – Black

Height – 6’0”

Weight – 165

Possible Vehicle Description: 

Dark Grey or Black Chevrolet Impala with Plate Number PQY542

Incident:
At approximately 7:00 a.m. on September 11, 2018, City of Columbia Police responded to a burglary call in the 1700 block of Greene Street near the University of South Carolina campus.  Several residents of an off-campus housing location reported being awoken or startled by the suspect.  When confronted by the residents, the suspect left the area.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect has committed the same type of crime at several other locations near the USC campus.

If you see the suspect pictured above, please immediately notify the Police by dialing 911, call USCPD at 803-777-4215 or text us on the RAVE Guardian Safety App.

DO NOT approach the suspect, and members of the community are reminded to lock all doors of vehicles and residences.

Safety Tips

  • Keep the doors of your residence locked at all times.
  • 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.
  • 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 midlandscrimestoppers.com
Aggravated Assault (Assisting Columbia PD) 3/19/18 at 10:40 PM | Suspect located and arrested 3/23/18 

Type of Bulletin: Assisting other Agency (Columbia Police Department), Aggravated Assault

Date: March 19, 2018 around 10:40 p.m.

Update — March 23, 2018: The aggravated assault suspect has been located and arrested.

Alert Status
The City of Columbia and USC Police Departments are searching for a man who committed an aggravated assault near the 700 Block of Henderson Street adjacent to the USC campus.

The suspect is described as a 49-year-old black male, 6’04 in height and weighs approximately 300 lbs. He was last seen heading toward Blossom Street wearing black shorts with a gray hoodie. He may be wearing different clothes at this time.

The suspect has been identified as Anthony Alonzo Baker pictured below. Anyone with information, please dial 911 immediately.  The City of Columbia Police Department is investigating.

  • Anthony Alonzo Baker

    Anthony Alonzo Baker

    Image One

  • Anthony Alozo Baker No Glasses

    Anthony Alonzo Baker

    Image Two

Safety Tips

  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with USCPD during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
Email Scam Targeting USC Community 1/25/18

Type of Bulletin: Email Scam Targeting the USC Community

Date: January 25, 2018

Alert Status


USCPD has received several reports of check scams targeting our community. The most common scam involves a man who portrays himself to be Gary Rivera. He obtains a random student email from the directory and then contacts the person via email with an unbelievable job offer. He offers to pay the email recipient a sum of money up front and then sends the student a check for more than the amount agreed upon. He then asks the recipient to deposit the check into his/her bank account and instructs them to send the extra money back to him. After doing so, the original check is returned by the bank for insufficient funds and the student is now out his or her money. The checks have ranged from $500 to upwards of $7,900.00.

Another common scam involves an individual portraying himself as a Dr. Christopher C. Babbitt, who claims he is with the university.

These scams, and others like them, have been happening all over the country. Some of the scammers go as far as threatening the recipient or pressuring the recipient in other ways.

Safety Tips

  • Remember to always ask questions about why someone is giving you money or why you are sending them money. NEVER provide your personal information to someone that you do not know.
  • If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Remember you can always call USCPD if you have any questions or concerns.