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Theft reported in McCandless Hall

Observer Staff Report | Monday, February 1, 2010

An e-mail sent to students last week by Dave Gariepy, director of Saint Mary’s Security, reported that a theft occurred on campus, warning students to keep their residence hall doors locked.

According to Gariepy, the theft occurred last semester, but was only recently reported by the student who had the items stolen.

The items were taken from a room in McCandless Hall.

“Only one room was reported to have been victimized that we know of,” Gariepy said.

He said a few personal items were stolen and he advised students to be careful of their belongings.

“Always lock your room if you are leaving it unattended, no matter how short your anticipated absence,” Gariepy said.

If students do have anything taken from their room, Gariepy said the student should report it to campus security before calling the police.

“Contact campus security first,” Gariepy said. “Campus security will investigate the incident and contact police authorities if warranted or should the victim desire.”

Most importantly, he said, students need to report any issues they may have on campus.
“Report all suspicious activity or criminal behavior immediately to Security,” Gariepy said.