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Wednesday, April 2, 2003

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THE USUAL SUSPECTS:
Wusual wuspects strike again

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

Western's weekly wascally wabbits were watit wagain wast week.

"We had some bike thefts from the bike racks," said Const. Wendy McGowan, a spokesperson for the University Police Department. McGowan said bikes were stolen from the racks behind the Engineering Building and in front of the Social Science Centre and University College.

The Health Sciences building was victim to a number of office thefts, McGowan explained.

As well, in bizarre and creepy news, McGowan explained that a man, who was neither a resident nor student of Western, entered Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence last week. Once inside, the man proceeded to the female washrooms where he briefly enjoyed the knowledge that a woman was showering only five feet away.

"It is important to be conscious of the fact that individuals may not have legitimate reasons for being in [a university] building," McGowan said.

The UPD were not the only crime fighters who were kept busy last week. London's very own bad-guy-baggers in blue were treated to a high speed chase on Saturday night after someone sprayed a substance similar to pepper spray outside of Molly Bloom's, said Const. Paul Martin, a spokesperson for the London Police Department.

Martin explained that, after two gentlemen were kicked out of the bar, one kept banging on the door to be let back in. According to Martin, when the bouncer went to the door to tell the man to go away, he was sprayed in the face with a "noxious substance," similar to pepper spray. When patrons came to the aid of the bouncer, they too were sprayed with the substance.

"In all, nine people were taken to hospital, then released," Martin said.

Although the canister was not recovered, Martin said the culprit was caught after a car chase, and has had several charges laid against him, including nine counts of assault with a weapon.

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