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Crime slows, remains pathetic over slack week

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff
Leah Crane/Gazette
CLOSING FOR BUSINESS. Three very interested parties try to get their hands on the goods yesterday before Artifex closes on Mar. 12.

With students away doing lots of reading during slack week, the crime rate should be considerably lower, right?

According to Elgin Austin, spokesperson for the Campus Community Police Service, last week was relatively quiet in terms of crime. There were some rabble-rousers gallivanting around, taking out their misplaced anger on some poor unsuspecting fire extinguishers.

“Sunday night at 8:15 p.m. some young people in the Platts Lane apartments stole several fire extinguishers,” Austen said. They discharged the fire extinguishers on the floor of the apartment hallways, he said, adding they then went behind Althouse College and threw the fire extinguishers through a window. Police are still investigating the incident.

Also, some Londoners were disturbed by a peeping tom in the Castlegrove area, said Const. Paul Martin of the London Police Department. The suspect is described as Asian, in his 20s, with short black hair. “This is a reminder to take extra precautions,” Martin said.

The City of London is trying a new method of combating speeding, confirmed David Leckie, director of roads and transportation. A citizen’s group worked with the city to purchase two portable signs which display the speed of cars in a certain area, Leckie explained.

“There is a radar gun in the sign, it sends out a radar pulse and posts the speed [of passing vehicles] on the sign,” Leckie said, adding simple awareness may slow people down.

And the saddest, most pathetic crime news of the week award goes to this fine gentleman: last Sunday at 2:30 p.m. a white male, about 18 years old and weighing approximately 160 pounds, helped an 84 year old woman with the door as she was entering her apartment building at 1299 Huron St.. After holding the door for her, she thanked him as she had trouble getting in the door with her walker. He then proceeded to grab her purse and run away. Who ever said chivalry is dead?



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