Volume 92, Issue 50

Wednesday, December 2, 1998

raw deal


Thefts attempted in campus parking lot

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

Despite a fairly quiet week at Western, the University Police Department saw its fair share of combating campus crime.

A three-vehicle accident which occurred on Nov. 25 at approximately 5:15 p.m. caused a traffic backup on Western Road, near Elborn College, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the UPD.

McGowan said the accident was referred to the accident reporting centre as only the cars were damaged and there were no injuries to the people involved.

The following day, at approximately 2 a.m., a local male resident was stopped near the intersection of Western Road and Sarnia Road for a traffic violation.

When the officer approached the individual, he suspected the male may have been drunk and asked him to provide a breathalyser test, McGowan said. After failing the roadside screening test, the male was arrested and transported to the London police. "He was charged for impaired driving – with having over 80 milligrams [of alcohol] per 100 milliliters of blood," McGowan said.

Approximately 15 minutes later, the UPD responded to a disturbance at The Spoke.

Although still under investigation, McGowan said two males were having a verbal argument until one of the suspects punched the other in the face. "The victim acted defensively and struck back," she said, adding when the officer approached the victim he was bruised and had blood all over his face.

After the two began fighting, six other males got involved and the police are still obtaining statements from all of the individuals who took part in the disturbance. "One of them was from out of town by the looks of it – from the United States," McGowan said.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning, the Springette parking lot became the centre of thefts and attempted ones when a young woman noticed two men acting suspiciously in the lot. The woman approached a third male who was also in the lot at the time, McGowan said. She added this individual approached the two suspects and when he got closer, they fled. It was at this point when the male noticed the rear passenger side of a Toyota was broken and the stereo had been stolen.

"The guy provided identification and the direction they fed in," McGowan said.

Although one of the suspects was eventually caught, McGowan said the UPD are hoping the woman who first noticed the suspects will visit the station and make a statement.

At approximately the same time as this incident, McGowan said a second car, a blue Ford Escort, was found to have almost been broken into. "The passenger window was smashed and there was a small hole in the window," McGowan said. She added the car was equipped with an alarm so nothing was stolen.

McGowan said although thefts, for the most part, are down right now, they generally do increase at this time of the year. She advises everyone to secure their premises and ask neighbours to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour.

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