Volume 94, Issue 79

Tuesday, February 13, 2001


Candidates get in final say at Medway

Code closes student input

Billion dollar funding loss has PQ schools fuming

Environment critics say report could be more harm than good

Robber targets bathroom line-ups


Tommy Abercrombie

Robber targets bathroom line-ups

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

A rash of robberies at the Ridout Tavern and vehicular incidents on campus highlighted the last week of crime in and around Western.

According to Const. Ryan Holland of the London Police, three separate robberies were reported at the Ridout Tavern last Thursday night. Three individuals reported being accosted by a male, armed with a knife, who stole money from them. Two of the robberies took place in the washroom, while the third occurred when the suspect threatened the victim with a knife and demanded they withdraw money from an Automatic Teller Machine.

Early Monday morning, police charged William Orlando Moreno, 20 of London, with one count of robbery in connection with these incidents. A knife, believed to be related to the incident, has been recovered and said alcohol was a factor in the occurrences, Holland said.

On campus, various reports of vehicular criminal activity were reported. According to Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department, on Feb. 5 at 2:38 a.m. a pick-up truck in the Saugeen-Maitland Hall parking lot was reported to be jacked up, with two suspects seen taking something from underneath the car.

Police responded, but the two suspects fled inside SMH and were not located, she said. A second car was discovered jacked-up and police believe some students may have been playing a practical joke.

"It's believed to be a prank," McGowan said.

On Feb. 6, a male was seen walking down Sunset Drive toward University Drive with his penis exposed, McGowan said. The male was reported to be a Caucasian of medium build, wearing a green jacket with gold wire-rimmed glasses. Police responded, but the suspect was not located, she said.

Also on Feb. 6, a car parked in the Saugeen-Maitland parking lot had its front marker lights smashed and on Feb. 9 a vehicle parked in the Medway Hall lot had its windows smashed in. McGowan said she wanted to warn members of the university community about leaving their vehicles unattended in parking lots for days at a time. "If you are going to park on campus [for extended periods of time] be sure to check on it," she said.

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