During the investigation security was approached by a female faculty member who reported that the bike in question was hers and that she did not give anyone permission to remove the bike. The Pasadena Police Department was notified and the suspect's physical description was provided to all Caltech officers for future reference.
Caltech Security Supervisors diligently discussed the increase in bicycle thefts with all uniform officers and emphasized that although the locations appeared random, that the method of operation was consistent with this latest theft. The theft of thirty two bicycles over the last six months has been an alarming trend and clearly a distraction to normal security operations.
On Friday, March 9, 2012 at approximately 1230 pm, Security Dispatch received a report of a suspicious male loitering near the bicycle rack in the Avery Courtyard Housing area. Officer Armando Duran immediately dispatched field officers, reporting clothing and physical information on the individual. Officer Frank Rodriguez responded and immediately located a subject fitting the physical and clothing description broadcast by Duran. Supervisor Luis Rubio arrived and approached the male fitting the description holding a bicycle and looking at other secured bikes. Officers John Huerta, Bob Lankford and Troy Villery arrived to assist.
The suspect, later identified as Keith Stan Garcia, was composed as he explained that he simply was smoking a cigarette and enjoying the campus. Garcia calmly explained that he never had been on the campus and when questioned about his bike, he assured the officers that it belonged to him.
Supervisor Rubio, during the interview, observed that Garcia was in possession of cutting tools commonly used by bike thieves. Rubio observed that Garcia fit the general description of the suspect in the January 26th theft. Garcia appeared a little too polished and unruffled in Rubio's opinion given the questions being asked. Rubio requested the assistance of the Pasadena Police Department to verify the legitimate owner of the bike in Garcia's possession. Arrangements were subsequently made for the witness to the theft at Braun Gym to view Garcia in a field lineup for elimination purposes. Garcia was positively identified and subsequently arrested and booked for felony grand theft. The investigation is continuing and undoubtedly will resolve many unsolved bicycle thefts on campus. Garcia is a career criminal and currently on probation for narcotic violations.
Officer Rubio is commended for his tenacity and his unwillingness to be outwitted or disarmed by a smooth talking seasoned street thug. Rubio is recognized for his ability to assess a situation quickly and evaluate his options rapidly. Officer Duran is commended for his thorough and detailed information gathering and his ability to keep the witness calm as he described the actions of the suspect. Officers Rodriguez, Huerta, Lankford and Villery are recognized for their instant response and officer safety tactics as they approached the scene.
All officers are praised for their ability to work as a team and to look after each other in a potentially dangerous setting. "Team work divides the task and multiplies the success".
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cost per month is about 60 If you are interested, please contact Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu.
With IMSS's HPC service, you simply pay based upon your monthly processor and storage usage. We recently updated the service so that Matlab R2011b is now available which includes improved GPU support along with many bug fixes. Many other applications are also available, such as Lumerical, NAMD, and StochKit, with more software titles being added regularly. For additional details and pricing, go to http://imss.caltech.edu/help/hpc or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendars are $10 each, with a 10% discount for orders of 50 or more, and they make excellent holiday presents! To buy a calendar, please bring cash or check payment to 307A North Mudd between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proceeds will fund a student field trip. (The inaugural trip was to Mt. St. Helens this past summer.) Please email GPSPhotoCalendar@gmail.com with any questions.
As part of Caltech's commitment to encourage alternative transportation and support electric-vehicle commuters, three Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are now available on campus through the Chargepoint Network. Two charging stations have been installed in the South Wilson parking structure, and one in the Holliston parking structure. The fee for use of the stations for the Caltech community is $1.25 per hour, with a $1 minimum. The general public will be charged $2 per hour, with a $1 minimum. Charging time is limited to 4 hours. The Caltech Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are meant to be "top-off" locations (not a primary charging location), so the time limit will allow for turnover throughout the day. A valid parking permit is required to park while charging the vehicle. All chargers are part of the ChargePoint Network, so users must be a member of the ChargePoint program.
To register your vehicle, come by the parking office at 515 S. Wilson second floor, to get your "Charge Pass" card. Please bring your Caltech ID when you register in order to receive the discounted rate. The Charge Pass card can be used at any ChargePoint Networked Charging Station including the 350+ stations throughout California. The card must be activated before it can be used. Activation instructions are included in the ChargePass packet you will receive when you register. You can set SMS and email alerts from your ChargePass account to advise you when:
- Your vehicle is fully charged
- Plug-Out Detection
Your ChargePass account will collect all usage history for your public charging with:
- Start and End times
- Energy (kWh) used
- Greenhouse Gases Saved
- Occupied Time
Finding an available charging station to charge your electric vehicle is easy and fast from any browser or smart phone. Simply go to: mychargepoint.net and click Find Stations, or download the ChargePoint apps for your smart phone. For more information or questions contact Kristina.Valenzuela@caltech.edu.
Calendars are $10 each, with a 10% discount for orders of 50 or more. We expect to receive the printed calendars before the end of November, and they make excellent holiday presents! We will be accepting pre-orders through November 18. The number of pre-orders we receive will determine the number of calendars we print, so you must pre-order to be assured of getting a calendar! Subsequent orders will be filled while supplies last. Proceeds will fund a student field trip (the inaugural trip was to Mt. St. Helens this past summer.)
Contact any of the following people to order calendars:
Belle Philibosian or Janet Harvey, 307A North Mudd
Katie Stack, 258 Arms
Peter Gao, 167 South Mudd
If you can't find any of us, you may also place orders with Leticia Calderon in 158 Arms. Payment may be made via cash or check made out to the Caltech GPS Divison. Please email GPSPhotoCalendar@gmail.co with any questions.