Multiple offender arrested

David Nin, a 23-year-old nonaffiliate of UCSD, was arrested early Oct. 13 at the Torrey Pines Glider Port on suspicion of auto theft, possession of a loaded weapon and possession of methamphetamines.

Matthew Wallace, a 31-year-old nonaffiliate, was also arrested and later released due to insufficient evidence.

Just after 5 a.m. on Saturday, UCSD police officers Mike Jones and Garret William did a routine license plate check on an illegally parked vehicle. Records revealed the 1995 Jeep Wrangler stolen from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office in Tacoma, Wash.

The officers searched the vehicle and found a concealed loaded weapon, methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. Nin and Wallace were arrested and taken to the UCSD Police Department for questioning. Nin was taken that afternoon to Central Jail in downtown San Diego.

Nin was booked this week on a charge of burglary. He was determined to be a suspect in an attempted burglary Sept. 26 at the UCSD Bookstore. Nin allegedly attempted to steal computer equipment from the bookstore.

Detective Nate Floyd said Nin may indeed be linked to the attempted burglary, but declined to reveal further information.

“”There was enough probable cause that [Nin] intended to take computer equipment from the bookstore,”” Floyd said.

According to Floyd, Nin attempted to fraudulently obtain computer equipment, failed and then hurriedly left the bookstore. Nin was later identified and searched for.

Bookstore Loss Prevention and Building Operations Manager Al Lobotski grieved over the accused actions of Nin.

“”[Nin] is an unfortunate circumstance,”” Lobotski said. “”It appears he has developed a drug problem and it ruined his life. His actions were that of a desperate person.””

Nin is now housed in the county jail where he is awaiting his felony arraignment Thursday afternoon.

Floyd emphasized a need for security consciousness at UCSD.

“”Always be aware of your surroundings,”” Floyd said. “”The university is a relatively safe environment but we are not immune to crime.””

Floyd also said that crime, including car thefts, has dropped dramatically in recent years. He encouraged students to report suspicious activities by calling (858) 534-HELP.

Lobotski insisted that the bookstore takes many precautions to protect its merchandise, with the motivation of keeping costs down for students.

“”The management really cares about the students,”” Lobotski said. “”We want to create a nice shopping environment.””

Lobotski cited the surveillance camera system with closed-circuit TV as evidence of the precautions taken.

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