Volume 95, Issue 74

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

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Engineering-gate? Money missing

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff

Police are investigating three separate thefts totaling a "significant amount" of money from the office of the Undergraduate Engineering Society.

A theft that occurred Sunday night has been the third since September, said Nancy Wigmore, UES president.

The first incident, which occurred in late September, was not reported. "After the first time, we thought it was a mistake of our own clumsiness or a security error," said Paul Marconi, UES speaker.

A second theft, which is suspected to have occurred over the holiday break, was reported to the University Police Department on Feb. 5, confirmed UPD Const. Wendy McGowan.

Members of the UES were informed of the thefts at Monday's council meeting. Wigmore said she was unable to disclose the amount of money stolen due to the current police investigation, but said it totaled a "significant amount."

The amount stolen on Sunday night was not as much as on the other two occasions, she said.

The stolen money will "definitely" affect this year's UES budget, she said.

There were no damaged locks or physical evidence of the theft in the UES office, Wigmore said. "[UPD] may be looking to get in touch with those with keys," she told council.

Wigmore said the thefts will result in new security measures in the UES office.

"It's been a definite wake-up call," she added.

The UES has decided to purchase a safe to keep council money locked up in the future, said Matt Pickard, VP-academic. "We've received input from the police on how to make our building more secure."

Pickard suggested class representatives let engineering students know about the thefts. "It is everyone's money," he said.

Charges of theft could seriously jeopardize an engineering student's career, Marconi said.

"Any police act is very significant because [theft] is a pretty serious offence and whether you're academically set to be an engineer, whether you are morally set to be an engineer is in question," he said.

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