Volume 90, Issue 65

Tuesday, January 21, 1997




By Donna MacMullin
Gazette Staff

Just when you thought they couldn't make technology do anything else – it seems electronic equipment can disappear!

On Sunday evening, the University Police Department was called to Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence as three males were seen taking electronic equipment from the building. Const. Wendy McGowan said the three suspects were arrested and transported to city cells at the London City Police Department.

Among the items stolen were a laptop computer, a stereo/radio, a cellular phone and a portable CD player. The three arrested were charged with breaking and entering, theft and possession. McGowan said the charges are pending and an investigation has been launched.

The suspects were not students, McGowan added. "They must have seen the residence as a target zone and got into the building," she said. "It is excellent that people [in the building] recognized this was suspicious behaviour and were able to report on it."

McGowan said students in residence should always take extra precautions to ensure their valuables are safely secured in their rooms.

Locking up valuables is something all students on campus might also want to keep in mind. There were 11 reports of theft last week, including five knapsacks stolen on campus. "Students should make sure they keep their valuables in their possession at all times," McGowan said.

Other incidents include a student charged with mischief after damage was done to the back seat of a cab – the charge is still pending. There was also a reported shoplifter at the UWO Book Store and two other counts of breaking and entering.

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