Volume 92, Issue 2

Friday, May 22, 1998

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Thief tuned in to McKellar room

Gazette Staff

The University Students' Council's entertainment productions has been experiencing technical difficulty since April 25 when some audio equipment was stolen from the McKellar room in the University Community Centre.

A five-disc compact disc player and a two-deck cassette tape player were taken from the McKellar room by an unknown bandit, said Mark MacLellan, assistant coordinator for entertainment productions. "We have re-evaluated all the security and the whole room has been re-keyed," he said.

MacLellan added this was the third robbery to occur in the McKellar Room since it opened four years ago.

Tillie Chiu, the projectionist for Western Film the night of the robbery, said she was certain all of the doors were locked before she went home that evening and suspects the robber entered through a key-padded door on the second floor.

Jim Walden, general manager of the USC, admitted he has suspicions as to who the culprit might be especially since there was no evidence of forced entry. He added he did not believe, however, the robber was an employee but that it was someone with a key.

"This wasn't a totally unusual occurrence given the complex nature of the building, the amount of traffic passing through and the amount of keys around – keys multiply like rabbits," he said.

The stolen equipment was worth approximately $600 and was used for various functions which take place outside the hours of Western Film, such as meetings and guest speakers, said Pete Stanbridge, entertainment production manager.

Const. Wendy McGowan University Police Department, said the chances of recovering the stolen goods are slim. "As time goes on the chances of recovery become less and less," she said.

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