Volume 95, Issue 84

Wednesday, March 13, 2002
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Police chase Beaver balcony jumper

Dalhousie strike gets nastier by the day

OPSEU strike may affect OSAP

Vote and drop out at 18

News Briefs

Police chase Beaver balcony jumper

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

University police are warning campus residents to beware of home invasions following an attempted break-in at Beaver Hall – a student residence near Saugeen-Maitland Hall.

Just after 5 p.m. Monday, a witness told police two males climbed into an accessible third-storey balcony and attempted to pry open a window, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department.

UPD called for the assistance of London Police, who were unable to locate the suspects.

The first suspect is described as a white male in his late teens, 5'7" tall, clean shaven and wearing a baseball cap, baggy clothing and a blue jacket. The second suspect is a white male in his late teens, with a shaved head and wearing an ECKO sweater and red jacket.

The two suspects are believed to have been involved in a series of break-ins that occurred last spring in the area. According to police, the suspects like to climb onto balconies and slide windows open to enter apartments. One of the males rings door buzzers to see if anyone is home and acts as a lookout.

Police have told residents to be on the lookout for a red, two-door, full-sized car that may be used as a get-away vehicle.

A crime alert has been sent to Western's Housing and Ancillary Services and affiliate colleges.

"We want to make sure people have something that stops their windows from opening all the way, like a broken hockey stick," McGowan said.

Beaver Hall resident Ho-Yin Lee was taken aback by the news of the attempted break-in. "It's worrisome," said the second-year honours business administration student. "There's no real fear around here. There's not even a front gate and people can come right up to our apartments."

Unaware of the recent incident, Sera Vavala, University Students' Council VP-campus issues, said issues of personal safety – as opposed to the issue of property safety in this case – have been more prominent this year.

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