Campus service carts stolen, retrieved
April 6, 2010 11:15 AM
A man was arrested for allegedly stealing a service cart from campus over spring break and may be responsible for the theft of a second cart, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Two "Club Car" service carts--one belonging to the environmental health and occupational safety department and the other to the department of plant operations--were removed from campus over a four-day period and recovered by University police.
Elliott Wong, 20, who is not an SF State student, was arrested between March 26 and 29 after a University police officer saw him driving one of the school's golf cart-style vehicles northwest on North State Drive, according to Deputy Chief of Police Reggie Parson. The officer "saw a suspect driving the vehicle erratically in an unsafe manner," Parson said.
The officer followed the vehicle onto Winston Drive and pulled Wong over. Wong was taken to San Francisco County Jail on charges of vehicle theft, possession of burglary tools and obstructing a public officer.
Parson said that Wong allegedly broke the ignition of the vehicle, which was parked in a lot behind the gymnasium, in order to drive it. The extent of damage to the vehicle was unknown.
An officer discovered a second cart on March 27 in the Nordstrom parking structure at the Stonestown Galleria Shopping Center. University police are investigating whether the two thefts are connected, although Parson said it is "very likely."
Andrew Yu, the environmental health and occupational safety department's chief of operations, said the cart stolen from his department is the only one the department has. The cart was parked at a loading dock outside Hensill Hall when it was stolen.
Yu said he has not seen the cart since it was recovered and does not yet know what condition it is in. EHOS uses the cart to deliver safety materials throughout the school.
"The cart allows us to drive around the campus," Yu said, "so it gives us easy access when we have emergency calls."
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