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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Missing Weasel


SEE UPDATE BELOW:

UCSC press release below.

SHAME ON YOU. 

Look out for a stuffed weasel.

October 9, 2013

To:  UC Santa Cruz Community
From:  UC Santa Cruz Police Department
Re:  Community Crime Bulletin  (488 PC - Theft; Case # 13-759)

On Tuesday,  September 24, at 6:15 p.m., a stuffed weasel specimen was stolen from a table at the UC Santa Cruz Fall Festival. Affectionately referred to as Winston the Weasel (see photograph), this specimen had been in the possession of the UC Santa Cruz Natural History Museum for many years and been a part of many student projects, displays, and events.

It is the only mounted weasel specimen that the museum possesses.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Winston is encouraged to contact the UC Santa Cruz Police Department immediately at 831-459-2231, or the Environmental Studies Department located in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, room 410.

Tips may also be made ANONYMOUSLY to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 831–459–3TIP (459–3847) or online at http://police.ucsc.edu.

Thank you.

Nader Oweis, Chief of Police
University of California, Santa Cruz

This Bulletin is in Compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (“Clery Act”), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


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UPDATE: 10/12/2013

October 10, 2013

To:  UC Santa Cruz Community
From:  UC Santa Cruz Police Department 
Re:  Community Crime Bulletin  UPDATE  (488 PC - Theft; Case # 13-759)
The UC Santa Cruz Police Department wishes to thank the community for their assistance in the safe recovery of Winston theweasel.  It was anonymously returned this morning to the Police Department, and will be given back to the Environmental Studies Department.  No charges will be filed in this case.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity or crime in progress is encouraged to contact the UC Santa Cruz Police Department immediately at 831-459-2231, ext. 1, or by dialing 911 for in-progress emergencies or activities.

Tips may also be made ANONYMOUSLY to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 831–459–3TIP (459–3847) or online at http://police.ucsc.edu.

Thank you again,

Nader Oweis, Chief of Police
University of California, Santa Cruz

This Bulletin is in Compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (“Clery Act”), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

5 comments:

  1. People do suck! I'm actually surprised I haven't heard of this happening sooner. The building and classrooms where all of my college's mounts are housed, are often unattended when there isn't class. While I don't think anyone in the dept would snatch a dead critter, it wouldn't surprise me if a student outside our program would sneak in and take something. Hope Winston turns up!

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  2. Sad to think this is more the normal in the world today. Hope they recover Winston.

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    1. Yes Humanity!

      Winston was returned!

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