Campus Police update on trespassing investigation

There have not been any new reports of intrusion since 11/05/2020 and no confirmed entry since 11/01/2020. CPD has given this case top priority with both high visibility and covert patrols around the clock to discourage future incidents and also to apprehend the subject.  

We have partnered with local law enforcement agencies not only to increase patrols in the area, but also to analyze intelligence in an effort to develop potential suspects. Progress is being made and the criminal investigation is on-going. 

Two of the most important things you can do are to keep your doors locked and to report suspicious persons/activities directly to Campus Police at 941-487-4210.  Calling other persons prior to Campus Police to report a crime or suspicious activity can delay critical police response.

Description of subject:  White male, approximately 5’8″ or taller with thin build, dark blonde or light brown hair, some light-colored facial hair, dark heavy eyebrows. A vehicle has not been seen, so it is possible the subject is walking to/from the campus.

Safety Information – Campus Police would like to remind all community members of personal safety tips:

  • Simply being aware of one’s surroundings can reduce or eliminate the potential of becoming a victim of a crime. If off campus, do not wait until returning to report or call the police. Time is important. If on campus, use any campus phone, Blue Safety phone, or your cell phone to contact Campus Police at 941-487-4210 or 911.  
  • If you see a suspicious person or vehicle, call immediately and proceed to a well-lit or populated area. Describe the person or vehicle. Example: height, weight, age, complexion, clothing, vehicle color, make, model, license plate number, and direction of travel. 
  • Do not accept rides from strangers. 
  • Do not travel alone at night. Call for a police escort to accompany you.
  • Stay on well-lit paths and avoid overgrown shrubbery. 
  • If you think you are being followed, change your course of travel. Cross the road or approach a home that looks occupied. 
  • Walk with confidence; keep your head up and pay attention to what is happening around you. Do not look down at your cellular phone to check messages or text. Perpetrators are looking for those who are not paying attention.  
  • Park in well-lit areas. Look around before exiting. Always lock your vehicle and store all items of value out of plain sight. 
  • Never leave your vehicle engine running while you run into a store or home.  
  • Take a photograph of your vehicle’s license plate and vehicle identification number (VIN) and store them on your phone in case you need to report your vehicle stolen.      
  • Lock your bicycles.
  • Lock your doors and windows.
  • Never hesitate to call the police when witnessing suspicious behavior. Your call just may prevent someone from being a victim of a crime.  
  • Remember “If you see something, say something!”