|Volume 92, Issue 55
Wednesday, January 6, 1999
An explosive holiday didn't pay for thieves
By Sabrina Carinci
Campus thefts have been on the rise for the past few weeks and students are being advised to keep a tighter grip on their belongings.
The beginning of the exam period started off with a bang when a female suspect was caught stealing $124.85 worth of clothing from the BookStore. "A person observed the suspect concealing three items of clothing and then leaving the store without making any attempt to pay for them," said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department. "The BookStore has a zero tolerance policy," she added.
McGowan said the female was charged and will subsequently have to attend provincial court.
On Dec. 10, McGowan said police received a report of a break and enter at the Nucleus in the Natural Sciences Centre. "A substantial quantity of sliced lunch meat was stolen," McGowan said. She added the theft likely happened the day before between 11 p.m. and 6:30 a.m..
Campus thefts continued on Dec. 13 at approximately 11 a.m., when a male reported his hiking boots stolen from the locker room at Campus Recreation in the University Community Centre. McGowan said the individual had left the boots on top of the lockers and found them gone when he returned from his workout. "People just don't anticipate their stuff getting stolen," McGowan said.
While studying at the Weldon Library at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, a female student left her CD player and CDs unattended on a table for a period of approximately five minutes, only to find them stolen when she returned, McGowan said.
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Dec. 15, a cashier at the BookStore identified a counterfeit $100 being passed to her by a student. According to McGowan, the student was identified and the fraud unit with the London police has taken over the case. "Most areas on campus are not accepting $100 bills because of this," she said.
A bomb threat to Elborne College had the building evacuated shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 17. "An unidentified male called staff and expressed hatred and said there was a bomb in the building," McGowan said. Although the area was searched, McGowan said nothing was found and the call was probably an attempt to delay an exam.
On Jan. 4, McGowan said a student at Saugeen-Maitland Hall reported her bank card stolen from her room. The card had been used the day before to withdraw a substantial amount of money at a bank machine on campus. McGowan stressed the importance of securing your valuables as well as cancelling stolen cards.
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