The Police Blotter

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.


January 24, 12:18 am – Alcohol Intoxication

Sgt. Stufflet was assisting Springfield Police on 1/12/2009 at 11:50 p.m. when he observed a vehicle traveling east on Fairview Road without the headlights activated. The vehicle then struck a utility pole in the vicinity of Cornell Avenue. While speaking with the driver a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage was detected. The operator’s appeared dazed and had trouble speaking. After failing several field sobriety tests she was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.


January 8, 2:36 pm – Broken window in classroom

January 9 – Broken window in Clothier Hall

January 14 – Graffiti on walls

January 10 – Faucets deliberately turned on


A resident of Oberlin Avenue reported a wheel cover had been taken from her vehicle. She discovered the item missing on 1/14/2009 and had last seen it on the vehicle three days previously. Chief Craig took the report.

A Rutledge resident reported a suspected theft of packages from her residence in the 200 block of Linden Avenue. She was expecting deliveries on 12/18/2008 and 1/9/09 and the items have not been received. Officer Stilwell took the report.

December 19, 2008, 11:10 am – Stolen Credit Cards

January 14 – Theft of digital camera & cash

January 20, 3:57 pm – Theft of Speakers & microwave

January 23, 8:02 pm – Theft of wallet from locker

January 24, 10:0 am – Theft of backpack

January 24, 10:39 – Theft of Laptop Computer

January 25, 1:53 am – Theft of Backpack/Coat & Wallet

Animal Attacks

January 26, 2009, 6:30pm – Bat found in main stairwells of McCabe


  1. January 10 – Faucets deliberately turned on
    January 26, 2009, 6:30pm – Bat found in main stairwells of McCabe

    Life is rough.

  2. I can understand someone getting away with a backpack, laptop, or wallet. But how does one steal speakers and a microwave without somewhow looking conspicuous? And in broad daylight nonetheless.

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