Volume 92, Issue 85

Wednesday, March 10, 1999


London ranks low on safety scale

Conflict motion creates conflict

Harichy arrest not for medical reasons

U of T cashes in Varsity Blues rights

Debating both pros

New rez struts its stuff in video

Prof excellence rewarded

March the month for vehicle violations


Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

March the month for vehicle violations

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

The month of March began with trouble in the parking lots with a number of vehicle thefts and break-ins.

On the night of March 2, the theft of a blue 1985 GMC Jimmy was reported from the Medway parking lot, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department.

"It was reported stolen but the student had the keys," McGowan said. She added although high-end vehicles often come with security systems, the safety of the vehicle is not always ensured. "If no one's there to hear the alarm, it may or may not be a deterrent."

Only two days later, at approximately 8 a.m., a resident from Saugeen-Maitland Hall reported her car had been broken into. McGowan said when officers went to investigate, three other vehicles were found broken into and damaged.

"The four vehicles broken into was done by the same individuals – the person could be looking at a number of charges and fines," McGowan said.

At 8:30 p.m., also on March 4, police were summoned to Thompson Arena where a well attended high school hockey game was the scene of a battery throwing accident. McGowan explained the many spectators who attended the game made it difficult to find the individual responsible for throwing a battery which hit a female in the head.

"The person was conscious but was transported to hospital anyway," McGowan said. "It was probably a very exciting game and the emotional momentum probably contributed to [the incident]."

On March 6 at approximately 3:30 a.m., McGowan said police received a report of a female who was assaulted by a cab driver. "The female flagged a cab at the [Engineering Sciences Building], but the cab was there to pick up another a party," McGowan said.

She added it is still unclear exactly what happened, although it seems the female became perturbed when the driver notified her he was there to pick up another party. "There were no injuries but alcohol was involved," she said.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. yesterday morning, McGowan said a student reported the theft of her jacket from the Taylor Library. "There are no witnesses or suspects – it occurred while the student was studying," McGowan said.

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