Volume 93, Issue 90

Monday, March 21, 2000


Police search for stabbing suspects

Councillors select future Board

Student disappears without a trace

Accusations fly over film-fest

City bars target date rape drugs

Week of crime highlighted by theft



Caught on campus

Week of crime highlighted by theft

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

The week leading up to St. Patrick's Day proved to be unlucky for a variety of Western students.

The University Police Department responded to a call from an Aboutown Taxi driver who struck a car on University Avenue in the wee hours of March 14, said UPD Const. Wendy McGowan. He was referred to the accident reporting centre for further assistance.

McGowan said there were a few other accidents this past week on campus, all of which were referred to the reporting centre.

Theft-wise, a student living in Saugeen-Maitland Hall reported a laptop stolen on March 14. McGowan said the student suspected it was stolen over the weekend by someone in the building, who knew the computer was locked in a separate unit within the room. McGowan urged anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers.

A wallet was also reported stolen from an unattended locker in Thompson Arena. McGowan strongly encouraged students to secure their unattended items. Unfortunately, the victim's Visa card was later used without authorization at a local mall. "That's one reason we tell people to report these things right away," McGowan said.

The UPD was able to quell the fears of concerned out of town individuals by checking on the welfare of two students who had not been heard from in a while. "It does happen here that we check on the whereabouts of students," McGowan said.

Elsewhere, a cab driver who dropped off two males at Delaware Hall over the weekend, was ripped off when the two dashed without paying their fare. The UPD successfully located the individuals, who, in turn, paid the cab driver after being given the alternative of being criminally charged.

Two suspicious males were seen prowling through Althouse College on Saturday. The UPD responded to the call immediately, but no one was located after an extensive search of the area.

Three vehicles were broken into Sunday night and McGowan warned students who drive to ensure their vehicles were locked before they left them unattended in a parking lot. One vehicle was victimized in the Lambton Hall parking lot and two were broken into in the Saugeen-Maitland Hall lot.

Lambton Hall residents were also treated to a fire alarm early Monday morning, when someone of the third floor thought they were being funny.

As this was not the first time Lambton Hall has been the scene of such late night disturbances, McGowan said anyone with information should call the UPD.

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