OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Crime Alert Archive

These Crime Alerts are distributed as a means of informing the Oregon State University community of a recent incident of public interest. The events described below continues to be of concern with regard to personal safety and/or the protection of property.

Please read the following information carefully. This will help you to make an informed decision about your response to this incident.

SECURITY ALERT - Distributed 11/21/08

This Security Alert is destributed as a means of informing the Oregon State university Community of recent incidents of public interest. The individual described below may be of concern with regard to personal safety.

Jacob Butler

Person of Interest: 
Butler, Jacob M.
DOB: 2-14-1981
Unknown Address
Ht: 6'1" Wt: 320 lbs.
Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Sex: Male
Misc: Tattoos on his arms and carries a cane

Summary
Butler is not an Oregon State University Student and has been suspected of trying to gain entry to Oregon State University Residence Hallsand Facilities. Mr. Butler may be posing as an individual that is a tattoo artist in order to gain the trust of students, staff and faculty.

Please notify the Oregon State Police/Oregon State University Department of Public Safety at 541-737-3010 if he is located on or near the Oregon State University Campus.


Incident: Suspicious Person - Distributed April 20, 2007

 

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Person of Interest:
Phillip Lira
25 Years of Age
White Male
5'11" - 165 lbs.
Believed to be living in the Eugene, OR area.

Phillip Lira has been reported to have made threats to an Oregon State University Staff member. These threats include confronting her on the Oregon State University campus. If he is observed on campus please call 541-737-7000 or 7-7000 immediately.

Safty Tips:

  • Be aware of what's going on around you.
  • Whenever possible, carry a cell phone when walking in remote areas.
  • If you see something suspicious, call the police.
  • Blue Light Phones can be found at many locations on campus.
  • Take precautions at night.
  • Don't walk or jog alone.
  • Remember that the most important part of the campus safety equation is your watchfulness and good judgment.

Never Take Chances With Your Health & Safety!

Report suspicious activity to:

Oregon State Police
Department of Public Safety
Emergency 541-737-7000 or 7-7000 
Non-emergency 541-737-3010 or 7-3010


Incident: Thefts of Property in University Buildings - Distributed Februrary 10, 2006

In recent weeks, a series of burglaries, resulting in the theft of laptop computers have occurred in University buildings.

  • The thefts and burglaries have primarily occurred in buildings located on the north end of campus and adjacent to Monroe Street and have, on many occasions, involved forcible entry.
  • These thefts have significance beyond the value of the stolen computers. Oftentimes valuable data is lost along with personal information that can be used to commit additional crimes, such as identity theft.
  • The investigation into these crimes is ongoing.

The following tips are provided to assist in the prevention of further crimes:

  • Don't leave laptops unattended or unsecured, specifically in classrooms or offices.
  • Pay attention to how your office or classroom appears from the exterior: Are valuable items visible?
  • When leaving a room or building are the windows and doors secured?
  • Do not allow access to buildings after hours to persons with whom you are not familiar.

Never Take Chances With Your Health & Safety!

Report suspicious activity to:

Oregon State Police 
Department of Public Safety 
Emergency 541-737-7000 or 7-7000 
Non-emergency 541-737-3010 or 7-3010


Summary: Bank fraud and unauthorized withdrawls - Distributed February 02, 2006

Bank fraud and unauthorized withdrawls from customer accounts.

Security Alert for immediate release from the Corvallis Police Department, 180 NW 5th st, Corvallis, OR 97330 - 541-766-6924.
CPD Case #06C.

On January 16, 2006, the Corvallis Police Department began receiving theft reports from citizens regarding unauthorized withdrawals from their checking accounts. CPD has received several more complaints since January 31, 2006.

  • The losses have reached $10,000 based on the cases taken at this point.
  • Numerous reports have been made directly to local banks and credit unions, which may result in several thousand more in losses.
  • Citizens have reported they learned of the losses in their checking accounts when they've checked the account balances. Citizens have also reported that funds have been withdrawn from ATM machines in New York, Russia, South Korea, and the Ukraine.

 

Corvallis Police Department detectives have been in contact with security officials from several banks and credit unions and have learned that consumer electronic debit card information from individual purchases has been compromised at some point in the electronic banking system over the past two years.

What appears to have occurred is a batch of debit card purchases were stolen after the purchases were made at a local retail store. The 3rd party company which handles the retail store's debit authorization/processing may be the point of compromise in the system. There have been similar activities in other west coast cities according to loss prevention officials.

Citizens need to check their checking and savings account balances for any unusual withdrawals or purchases on a regular basis.

Corvallis Police detectives are working with Federal investigators to identify exactly how this information was stolen, and from what point in the financial system. Any persons who believe they may be a victim of this fraud are encouraged to contact their bank for assistance and if necessary the Corvallis Police Department at 541-766-6924 to file a police report.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Corvallis Police Department Det. Shawn Houck at 541-766-6924. www.corvallispolice.org

 

Summary: E-mail scam in progress - Distributed December 15, 2005

Corvallis, OR - OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, is taking measures to eliminate an e-mail scam that is in progress using the credit union's logo and a fake web website to capture private financial information. OSU Federal does not make it a practice to initiate requests for members or non-members information via the Internet.

To date, this e-mail scam seems to target faculty, students, and staff of Oregon State University. The Credit Union contacted University officials upon learning of the phishing scam. The University contact indicated this is not the first time a financial institution has been a target directed at individuals connected to Oregon State University. This is the first instance of the Credit Union being the specific target.

The Credit Union is working with a security firm to eliminated the scam e-mail and trace its source.

Please click here for more information

Anyone who clicked on the link in the e-mail and logged in to the fake website should call OSU Federal at 800-732-0173 for assistance.

 

Summary: Arest made in the disappearance of Brooke Wilberger
News Release by Corvallis Police, August 3, 2005

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Date of Media Release: Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Media Contact: Captain Ron Noble, 541-230-0409, ron.noble@ci.corvallis.or.us

Summary of Information Released During Press Conference: At 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 3, 2005, a press conference was held to discuss new developments in the investigation of the Abduction of Brooke Wilberger. Listed below is a summary of facts released during the press conference:

Grand Jury Indictment: On Friday, July 29, 2005, a Benton County Oregon Grand Jury was convened to hear information regarding the Brooke Wilberger investigation. A true bill was returned by the Grand Jury.

Victim Named in the Indictment: Brooke Wilberger. Her age as of the date of her abduction was 19 years. She was abducted from the Oak Park Apartment complex, located in Corvallis OR, just south of the Oregon State University campus, on May 24, 2004, where she was working a summer job, having recently completed her freshman year of college at BYU.

Indicted Defendant's Name is: Joel Patrick Courtney. His date of birth is June 2, 1966.

Indicted Charges in Benton County OR: Total number of charges in the indictment is 19. They breakdown as follows: 14 counts (alleging alternative theories) of aggravated murder; two counts of First Degree Kidnapping (again, alleging alternative theories); one count of Sodomy in the First Degree; one count of Rape in the First Degree; and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

Defendan't Current Location: Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, 100 John Dantis Rd, NM, 87151 (located 17 miles west of downtown Albuquerque NM). Defendant is in custody based on an incident that was reported in a December 2, 2004 article published by the Albuquerque Tribune. An archived copy of the article can be found at: http://web.abqtrib.com/archives/news04/120204_news_kidnap.shtml

Defendant's Family Status: Married with three children.

Defendant's Occupation: Currently incarcerated, pending trial in New Mexico. By history, he has been employed as a mechanic and, more recently, as a crew supervisor of a commercial cleaning service.

Lenth of the Investigation: 14 months.

Agencies Involved in the Investigation: Corvallis Police; FBI; Benton County Sheriff's Office; Oregon State Police and the Benton County District Attorney's Office.

First Court Date in OR: Not yet set, as the defendant must resolve his New Mexico case before being brought to Oregon for trial in this case. See, ORS 135.775.

 

Summary: Arest made in September 29, 2004 Attempted Abduction case

News Release by Oregon State Police, September 30, 2004

News Release Oregon State Police
Contact: Gregg Hastings, Lieutenant
Phone: 503-682-0208 Pager 503-323-6074

Aaron James Evans a 21 year old Albany resident has been arrested at his residence and charged with Attempted Kidnapping in the Second Degree, Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Menacing. These charges stem from an investigation into an incident that occurred September 29, 2004 at 6:30 AM on the Oregon State University Campus.

This arrest was the result of a citizen tip reporting suspicious behavior at a local grocery store in Corvallis on the evening of September 29th. Evans was contacted and a follow-up investigation conducted by the Oregon State Police, the Corvallis Police Department, the Benton County Sheriffs Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation led to his arrest. Evans will be lodged in the Benton County Jail on these charges.

 

Summary: ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION - Distributed September 29, 2004

This Security Alert is distributed as a means of informing the Oregon State University community of recent incidents of public interest. The events described below continue to be of concern with regard to personal safety and/or the protection of property.

Please read the following information carefully. This will help you to make an informed decision about your response to these incidents.

Attempted Abduction

On Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at about 6:30AM, a 21 year old college student at Oregon State University reported that a suspect attempted to grab her as she was walking in the area of 26th and Western on the OSU campus. The victim said that a man came up from behind and grabbed her. She pulled away and ran from the suspect to a nearby area. As she ran, she noticed the suspect run in an opposite direction. The victim immediately notified police of the incident.

The woman was not injured. The victim is a third year OSU student who lives off-campus.

Officers from the Oregon State Police and the Corvallis Police Department immediately responded to the area and began a search. State Police investigators are being assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab as well as detectives from Corvallis Police Department and Benton County Sheriff's Office. The suspect has not been located.

Suspect Description:

  • Young white male adult, early mid-twenties
  • Approximately 5'6" tall
  • Medium build
  • Wearing a black possibly nylon material zippered hooded jacket and black pants. 

The OSP requests vigilance in keeping housing units secure and encouraging students to travel in pairs whenever possible as added personal security measures.

Any questions or information should be directed to the Oregon State Police Tip Line 541-737-3010 or 7-3010.

Never take chances with your health and safety:

  • Avoid the use of headphones when walking on campus.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Whenever possible, carry a cell phone when walking in remote areas.
  • If you see something suspicious, call the police.
  • Take precautions at day and night. Don't walk or jog alone.
  • Blue Light Phones can be found at many locations on the campus
  • Remember that the most important part of the campus safety equation is your watchfulness and good judgment!