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Campus Crime Beat — January 2019

Graffiti vandals who need to work on their skills

On January 6, staff at the Stadium Car Park notified University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS) that a pillar on the sixth level of the parkade had been graffitied. The graffiti was in black, and UAPS couldn’t confirm if it was a tag or not. There were no surveillance cameras in the area so a suspect could not be found.

Four days later, two washrooms in ECHA were reported to have been graffitied. The graffiti itself was indecipherable, leading UAPS to believe it wasn’t a tag or anything of that nature. A work order was put in to have facility services clean up the graffiti.

Not-so-grand theft laptop

On January 9, a student reported their laptop stolen, a week later after the incident. They had left their backpack unattended for 30 minutes by the entrance of the Tamarack residence in East Campus Village when the suspect took the backpack which had their laptop. An incident report was filed by UAPS, who said they will keep a lookout for the laptop.

Students weren’t the only victims of theft in January. On January 3, a university staff member reported their personal vehicle, which was parked off campus, being broken into. A laptop and a set of keys were stolen from it. There weren’t any overt concerns about data security, as the laptop was encrypted and the keys didn’t have any indication as to which buildings they could be used to access. Afterwards, university facility services were notified about the stolen keys.

Accounting textbooks — a hot commodity

On January 10 at 1:30 p.m., SUB bookstore staff reported a male suspected of stealing three copies of Managerial Accounting by Ray Garrison, Eric Noreen, and Peter Brewer. When confronted, the male fled the bookstore and the building. However, he was able to get away with the books.

UAPS was able to identify the male in question with descriptions from staff and video footage, and the information was passed on to the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). The man is neither a staff or student at the university.

Stolen late night munchies in ECHA

Also on January 10, a man broke into the second-floor cafeteria in the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) at 9:07 p.m. He spent about 50 minutes in the area, leaving with a grey bag and then exiting through the pedway and onto the LRT station. Aramark staff reported there was food missing, and some damage to property. The cafeteria was then shut down for the rest of the day on January 11. The incident was reported to EPS, who are attending to the case.

Partners in crime, sometimes?

Two suspects, a male and a female, were seen trying to break into the Newton Place main lobby doors on January 13. UAPS were reviewing security footage when they saw the two trying to get into the building at 4:22 a.m. UAPS proceed to contact EPS, who helped search the building, and the male suspect was found nearby and was escorted off campus grounds. They issued a formal trespassing ban to the male, as he had no affiliations with the university. The female was not located.

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