Volume 90, Issue 78

Wednesday, February 12, 1997



Police blotter

By Kevin Gale
Gazette Staff

Students using the libraries should think twice about leaving their jackets unattended while studying.

The University Police Department has put up warning signs in the Natural Sciences Centre's Taylor Library encouraging students not to leave coats and other valuables unattended in the library. Staff have also been asked to inform patrons to keep a close eye on their belongings.

The warning is in response to six jacket thefts from the library since Jan. 27, Const. Wendy McGowan of the UPD said. All the jackets were leather or suede and valued at over $500.

"I don't think it is individuals in need of coats. It's profit motivated," McGowan said, adding police have no suspects linked to the thefts.

She said the thefts have occurred in the morning and early afternoon and higher rates of coat theft have been seen this year compared to last, but she could not give specific numbers. "Taylor stands out the most and it is one of the busiest libraries," she said. "Take your coat with you when you get up to walk away if you don't want to lose it."

McGowan said by informing students of the problem with the posted notices, hopefully they will take actions to reduce it.

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