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Tuesday, March 25, 2003

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THE USUAL SUSPECTS: Old-fashioned thievery

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

Warm weather and sunshine did not bring Western's shadow dwellers out into the light, as the evil-doers of Western's underworld kept themselves busy last week.

According to Const. Colleen Kelly, a spokesperson for the University Police Department, there was a rash of thefts on campus last week, and once again laptops and electronic equipment were popular among the stolen goods.

It began on Mar. 18 around 6 p.m. when a laptop was stolen from an office in the Law building, Kelly explained. Apparently it did not take the thief long to make off with the loot, as the victim had simply left the office for a couple of minutes, but had left the door open. UPD is currently searching for a suspect described as a white male, with short brown hair, a goatee and an unkempt appearance.

Another theft occurred in the Law building at approximately the same time, when an office door window was smashed, and yet another laptop was accosted, Kelly said. According to the UPD, there is currently no evidence linking the two thefts.

Four more offices were broken into on Mar. 21 at Sommerville House in the early morning hours. Kelly said the office doors were pried open with a screwdriver and the thieves stole three laptops, a palm pilot, a desktop computer with a flat-screen monitor and an Olympus camera.

More potential thefts were avoided on Mar. 23 when two suspicious-looking males were reported to the UPD, after they were seen wandering around the Services building. Following the report, Kelly said the UPD was able to locate the males, who were subsequently charged with trespassing and escorted off school property.

"[The males] were not students at Western, and had no reason for being here," Kelly said. "It is important for people to call us when they think something is suspicious."

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