By Sabrina Carinci
Five-finger discounts have become quite popular on campus this past week.
The first of the incidents began last Friday afternoon when a female student thought she lost her wallet in the Natural Science Centre, said Const. Wendy McGowan, of the University Police Department.
The wallet was found in the Taylor Library later that day and was returned to its owner. However, items had been taken from the wallet and were reported as missing.
At 3:00 p.m., a student reported having his backpack stolen from the storage boxes outside the BookStore in the University Community Centre.
Although McGowan admitted students have been known to sometimes walk away with the wrong backpack, the individual usually returns to the store to reclaim his or her own property once they realize the mistake. "When these backpacks don't show up, we know it's been stolen," she said.
Campus thefts continued later Friday evening when three separate thefts were reported at Alumni House.
A dinner party, being held in one of the units, was home to three incidents where a wallet was stolen and cash was stolen from two other individuals as well.
According to McGowan, the area was not secure at all times and it is likely the suspect was able to walk in and out of the doors without being noticed.
"Residences become homely sometimes and students don't always lock their doors," McGowan said. She encourages students to keep their rooms locked even if leaving for only a short while.
Yesterday morning, a second backpack was stolen from the BookStore. McGowan suggested students use the lockers located outside the store. "It's a minor inconvenience to pay a quarter, but books aren't cheap either," she said.