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.

Public Safety and Police Crime Report

A resident of the 200 block of N. Princeton Avenue reported the roof of her car was scratched between 7:00 p.m., 2/10/2009 and 6:30 p.m., 2/11/2009. Officer Maginnis took the report.

February 12, 2009: Digital Camera stolen from room

A plastic jar containing approximately $100 in change was taken from the Swarthmore Public Library between 7:00 p.m., 2/11/2009 and 8:50 a.m., 2/12/2009. The jar was shaped like a bear and was called “Band-Aid Bear.” The money collected helped in the operation of the library. It was located at the circulation desk. Chief Craig took the report.

February 13, 2009: Theft of Ipod at Mullan Fitness Center

On 2/13/2009, shortly before midnight, a person parked their car on Waverly Terrace in Rutledge. Upon returning to the car at 10:00 a.m. on 2/14/2009 it was discovered all four tires had been slashed. Replacement value of the tires is unknown. Officer Hinckley took the report.

February 15, 2009 @ 12:19am: Under Age Drinking and Marijuana Possession

Officer Bardo responded to a call to assist Swarthmore College Public Safety at the DuPont parking lot on 2/15/2009 at 12:23 a.m. On arrival a public safety officer pointed out a suspicious, occupied vehicle. Upon approaching the car a strong odor of marijuana was detected. Subsequent investigation revealed the occupant in the driver’s seat had driven the car to that location. The operator failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. An occupant of the car was cited for underage drinking.


  1. ummm..regarding the incident on 2/15/2009 at 12:23 a.m…i agree that i want to know if these were students in the car. Plus, how can it be proven that the student arrested for 'DUI' had not first driven to DuPont *before* drinking and not intended to leave campus in the car after drinking? Technically, he/she wasn't *driving* at the time of arrest on campus. Isn't it safer to stay on campus? Sounds sketch that campus safety did this.

  2. The theft of the money from the Swarthmore Borough library really makes me sad :/ Could this thing happen even here? Sad but true: must have been a desperate person>? A bad economy creates desperate people: expect to see an increase in petty thefts across the country.

  3. These are from the Swarthmore Police Department and Public Safety. In particular, the one-liners are from Public Safety, the paragraphs are from the Police.

    We currently don't have answers for #2's question, but we can look into it.

  4. As soon as you get in your car, you're "operating" it, and for all legal intents and purposes, it's the same as driving. Whoever was in the car hotboxing it definitely has the burden of proof.

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