Thieves like laptops, wallets
By Dan Perry
The Usual Suspects have been at it again: swiping wallets,
stealing laptops and causing a general ruckus.
According to Elgin Austen, spokesperson for the Campus Community
Police Service, a rash of petty thefts have swept through Thompson
Arena, the 3M Centre and Sports and Recreation Services, with
wallets and other personal items stolen.
“We recovered most of them, minus the money and credit
cards,” Austen said, adding precautions should be taken. “Obviously,
people are roaming around looking for these things.”
Also this weekend, an individual crash-landed through Saugeen-Maitland
Hall’s smoking hut after, as Austen described it, crawling
around on the roof. “People shouldn’t be crawling
around on things that weren’t made for it,” he
said, adding the incident is still under investigation.
Information and Technology Services at Western published a
document last week detailing safety precautions students should
take with their laptops, which noted that 99 per cent of stolen
laptops are never recovered.
ITS recommended physically securing equipment with locks,
locking office and residence room doors when leaving (no matter
how quickly you are coming back) cleaning up empty boxes from
new equipment (which serve only as advertisments to thieves)
and prominently marking identification on equipment to deter
crooks who may have already entered.
Outside the Western bubble, London Police Department spokesperson
Const. Paul Martin said in a press release that the LPD applied
for a warrant to arrest 39-year-old Mark Osment in connection
with the Mar. 8 robbery of the Scotiabank at 1880 Dundas St.,
one of a string of 11 as yet unsolved robberies in London since
Martin could not be reached for comment regarding how the
incidents related, but the release stated that three of the
robberies (including the one Osment is suspected of) were similar,
and six of the remaining nine also seemed to be connected.