Volume 93, Issue 31

Tuesday, October 26, 1999


CASA campaign leaves mark

Western falls victim to vandalism once again

Skidmore named library's CEO

New institute means more cash

UBC prof condemns web filters

Thefts-a-plenty plague campus

Caught on campus


Thefts-a-plenty plague campus

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

The five-finger discount was the criminal method of choice on campus this week.

Two men were arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by crime, after a woman reported her backpack stolen from outside the BookStore, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department. The men were caught by police later that day walking down University College Hill with the backpack.

In other theft news, McGowan said the UPD released the description of two other men thought to be responsible for thefts on campus. "On Oct. 19 a staff member at the Biological and Geological Sciences building returned to her office to find two males waiting for her. After they left, she noticed her watch had been stolen [from her desk]," McGowan explained.

She added a purse stolen from a locker at the Medical Sciences building as well as a second theft of a backpack from the BookStore later that day have led police to believe the same two individuals are responsible.

McGowan said both men are between five-foot-two and five-foot-four, with thin builds. One is Caucasian with a bull horn nose ring, while the other is Asian. She said there was a report of two men who fit this description looking into Lambton Hall, attempting to open ground floor windows.

The UPD also responded to a report from a female student who thought she was being watched by a man in the CentreSpot who later followed her to D.B. Weldon Library, McGowan said, adding when the student reported the strange individual to library security he disappeared. The suspect is Caucasian, five-foot-six to five-foot-seven in height, slim and in his 40s or 50s. She added the suspect had short greyish blonde hair and was poorly dressed.

On Oct. 21, a 12 hour driving suspension was given to a male student in the Saugeen-Maitland Hall parking lot. The male individual did not pass the administered breathalyzer test, McGowan said. She added a male passenger in the car was charged with possession of narcotics after a five gram bag of marijuana was confiscated.

"The car was parked in the Saugeen lot and had a strong odour of marijuana coming from it. The university and residences are clearly identified as having zero tolerance," McGowan said.

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