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Monitor-thieving troglodytes...

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

Crime, transgression, misdeed, unlawful act, offence, general and all around badness, call it what you want but those who are criminally-challenged call it spreading the heinous and oh so sinful love.

On the night of Wednesday, Feb. 4, 15 flat screen computer monitors were stolen from the Stevenson-Lawson Building. Deanne Babcock, manager of the research accounting department, said the thieves, endowed with super human thieving strength, punched a hole through the wall and opened the door. Once inside, she said, they were able to gain access to the general accounting computers as well.

Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson for the London Police Department, said the investigators are looking for three white males, approximately 18 to 21 years of age. These three men were seen in the area before the theft occurred.

“This was a fairly substantial break-in,” Martin said, confirming the estimated value of the theft was between $7,500 and $8,000.

“They are being replaced immediately,” Babcock said of the stolen monitors, adding other departments loaned some old monitors to the accounting department on the morning after the theft.

“We will be putting a security system in place,” she said, noting the new monitors would not be put in the office until the security system was ready.

Elgin Austen, Campus Community Police Service spokesman, could not be reached for comment.

In London news, a Canada-wide warrant was issued for the arrest of Skerdi (Steve) Zena (pictured above), a 5’8” white male weighing 180 pounds, with a stocky build and dark short hair. He is wanted on one count of attempted murder, Martin confirmed.

Zena’s crime involved stabbing a woman with a knife in her Bow St. residence in the early morning of Jan. 31 (as reported in last week’s Usual Suspects), Martin said, adding Zena’s last known address is on Oakville Ave. in London.

Police are asking anyone with any information on Zena to call Crime Stoppers at 661-TIPS or 1-800-222-TIPS. He is to be considered armed and dangerous, and is reported to have had no discernible relationship with the victim, who is currently in stable condition in hospital.



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