Donna Marie Sevilla
An investigation is under way after a theft occurred on October 5 in the men’s change room of the Humber Fitness Centre.
An iPhone was stolen from the locker of a student in the one-year clinical research program, Joshua Hawley, 23, who came back from a workout to find that the latch had been cut and his padlock was gone.
“I was confused because I was like, ‘where’s my lock?’ My lock was missing and my phone was gone,” said Hawley.
Hawley said his iPhone battery had died so he put it in the locker with the rest of his belongings. Now he doesn’t feel safe leaving anything in the lockers and said this might deter students from relying on lockers at school.
“What’s the point of going to the gym and locking your stuff if someone can just walk in and steal it?” said Hawley.
Hawley said that he was less than a year into his three-year contract with Bell and had to pay over $1,000 to replace his phone.
Ray Chateau, the director of athletics, said that the Athletics department is working with Public Safety and Toronto Police on this investigation.
“It’s at least two people that are engaged in this activity – one is the look-out and the other is cutting,” said Chateau.
Chateau said there are at least six security cameras located in the Athletics department. One of those cameras overlooks the change rooms and lounge, but there are none inside the rooms themselves.
Rob Kilfoyle, the director of public safety, said, “because of privacy considerations, we can’t have cameras in change room facilities.”
Kilfoyle said that he has never seen this new method of breaking into lockers and that it would require bolt cutters, which are between eight to 36 inches in length.
According to Kifofyle, there have been 13 locker thefts since the beginning of September. Nine of the 13 thefts occurred in September. Since the recent theft, security has been patrolling around campus and doing more checks of the locker rooms.
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