Security Briefs

Vehicle Fire


9:00 p.m.

While on patrol, a Department of Public Safety officer observed smoke coming from a vehicle in Lot 10. The vehicle was surrounded by several people and the hood was up. The officer found the owner of the vehicle who asked for a fire extinguisher. The officer brought one from the patrol vehicle, but was unable to put the fire out on his own. The Joplin Fire Department was called to the scene and extinguished the fire. The owner said she had smelled smoke when she arrived, but did not think it was coming from her vehicle.



7:30 p.m.

A DPS officer was notified by the office disptacher about a subject acting strangely near McCormick Hall. The officer met the subject and another subject by their vehicle outside of the building. The subjects said they were waiting on a friend and would leave as soon as the friend came out. The officer moved to a location to observe the subjects and the vehicle moved around the parking drive and returned to the same position as before. The officer asked the subjects again about what they were doing. They later left, but the officer did not see another passenger in the vehicle. The officer contacted the Joplin Police Department about suspicious activity.

Vehicle Accident


11:09 a.m.

The DPS office was contacted in regard to a vehicle accident. The first vehicle was parked behind and to the left of the second vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle moved through an open parking place near the second vehicle and made a right turn. The right rear tire of the first vehicle struck the left front bumper of the second vehicle. There was damage to the bumper, but not to the first vechicle.



3:20 p.m.

A DPS officer was contacted in reference to a theft in Blaine Hall. A student said he had left his laptop in a friend’s room during the day, but when he returned to the room, the laptop was missing. The student asked the occupant of the room if he knew where it was, but the occupant did not know. The officer noted the room was sometimes left unlocked and suspected someone may have entered the room without the occupant’s knowledge. There were no signs of forced entry. The incident was reported to JPD.