Community Crime Bulletin—Assistance in identifying owner of possibly unreported stolen mountain bike

November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016
To: UC Santa Cruz Community 
From: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police 
Re: Community Crime Bulletin—Assistance in identifying owner of possibly unreported stolen mountain bike
The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the community's assistance in identifying the owner of a possibly unreported stolen mountain bike.
At 11:41 a.m. on November 29, UC Santa Cruz police officers responded to a report of a purse and cell phone being stolen from an office at Rachel Carson College.
The male suspect, Miguel Sanchez, 27, of Santa Cruz, was located riding a bike down the main bike path with the victim's property in his backpack. He was subsequently arrested on a suspicion of burglary and for violating the terms of his probation.
Sanchez was interviewed by police, and he admitted to the crime, as well as committing a similar crime just a week prior when he took another victim's purse and cell phone from an office at the Biomedical Sciences Building.
Sanchez has a history with the UC Santa Cruz Police Department of being in possession of stolen bikes.
Officers confiscated the bicycle and stored it for safekeeping. If this is your bike or you know to whom it might belong, please call the UCSC Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1.
Anyone who recently had a purse or backpack stolen on campus and did not report it to campus police is encouraged to call the department.
Safety Tips 
Victims are not responsible for being victimized, regardless of any action or inaction on their part. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects.
  • Report all suspicious persons, in-progress crimes, and emergencies to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 911. 
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers. 
  • Whenever possible, please remember to lock your vehicle and residence doors. Keep valuables secured and out of sight. 
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area. 
  • Encourage the use of the Night Safety Escort Service, offered by the UC Santa Cruz Police Department from Monday through Thursday evenings, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:15a.m. More information about this service can be found at:
  • Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.
Campus resources 
For students, a range of support services is also available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services and support through a Confidential Victim Advocate.
For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support.
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).
Miguel Sanchez