Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Update not done in time

Lone candidate can still lose

Campus hate crimes raise issue of racial tolerance

Beach not holding its water back

Brawl shakes up local bar

Study high on driving

Campus crime heats up with weather

Caught on campus

Campus crime heats up with weather

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

Spring has sprung and, according to the University Police Department, so has campus crime.

The theft of a 1999 Acura from the parking lot at the Chemistry Building began a rash of vehicle incidents throughout campus.

Const. Wendy McGowan of the UPD said although the vehicle was locked, it was stolen at some point between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on March 23. Anyone with information is asked to contact London police.

The following day, at approximately 2:20 a.m., two separate incidents were reported from the Platts Lane parking lot. The first involved a Pontiac Sunbird, McGowan said. "Damage was estimated at $400. Hockey equipment and books were stolen," she said. McGowan added although the vehicle had not been moved, there was evidence the individuals had attempted to steal it.

The second attempted vehicle theft involved a 1990 Oldsmobile. "The damage was also estimated at $400. It looks like it was probably the same party."

At approximately noon on March 24, the theft of a wallet was reported from the ladies locker room of Campus Recreation in the University Community Centre. "The person left it on the bench for a short period of time. When she came back it was gone," McGowan said. She added it is important not to leave valuables unattended for even a moment.

At 10 a.m. on March 25, a suspicious male wearing a black baseball cap and clothing was reported loitering at the Health Sciences Centre annex, near the nursing building.

McGowan said although the individual was identified to police, there is nothing they could have done since a crime had not been committed. "It's important that the identity has been established but there's nothing we can do unless he's done something," she said.

Approaching noon, a purse was reported stolen from a room in the Natural Sciences Centre. McGowan said although the purse was later recovered, cash and some property were missing. "It's important to take precaution to take care of your stuff – so lock it up."

The second floor at Lambton Hall was the centre of commotion at 3 a.m. on March 26 when a fire extinguisher was discharged and set off the fire alarm. McGowan said many people do not realize there is an agent in the extinguisher which automatically sets off the alarm. "It was malicious and it is a criminal offence," McGowan said.

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