Volume 96, Issue 78
Tuesday, February 18, 2003

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THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Grocery-getters in high demand

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

Perhaps as a result of the harsh elements, local thieves have shied away from stealing bicycles in favour of the comfort and heat provided by motor vehicles.

This past week saw more than the normal number of car thefts and break-ins around campus.

"Tools and a wallet were stolen from a vehicle [at Elborn College]," said Const. Wendy McGowan, spokesperson for the University Police Department, adding the break-in occurred last Monday.

Vehicles were also broken into at Springett parking lot last Monday, Tuesday and Friday, McGowan added.

Between midnight and 4 a.m., the kitchen in Sydenham Hall residence was broken into on Feb. 11, she said. "The target appeared to be electronic equipment and cash," McGowan said, but added only two weight scales were stolen.

Thursday saw the thefts of two mini-vans around campus. At 1:40 a.m., a mini-van was reported stolen on Platts Lane, and at 4:42 a.m., a second mini-van was stolen at Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence, she said.

A wallet was stolen from D.B. Weldon Library on Valentine's Day. By the time the victim reported the theft, the credit card had already been used twice, McGowan said.

Finally, a 12-hour driving suspension was issued to a male at Saugeen Sunday night, after he blew a warning on the breathalyzer test for alcohol, according to McGowan.

"The usual downtown stuff [occurred] this weekend," said Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson for the London Police Department.

Early Saturday morning, a fight broke out inside The Drink, before eventually spilling outside. "Someone was being removed – and they decided to push the officer," Martin said.

When the suspect would not leave the property, the LPD had to restrain him in order to make an arrest, Martin said.

Club Phoenix saw the same thing occur the following evening, as a disturbance broke out inside the club, Martin said.

"The staff was attempting to remove them – and a confrontation [ensued]," he said. The LPD were called and two males were arrested and charged with assault with a weapon, he added. Their weapon of choice: their belts (they must have been caught when they couldn't run with their pants around their ankles).

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