At 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, the Fredericton City Police were called to UNB in regards to a break-and-enter that occurred at Ludlow Hall overnight.
The Law Student Society’s (LSS) office was the site of the break-in—and according to LSS president Ben Lord, custodial staff were the ones who discovered the incident. Lord, Campus Security, and the police were all notified shortly after the discovery.
UNB Comms and Campus Security had little to say about the matter beyond confirming that there is an ongoing investigation.
According to Heidi Cyr, communications officer for the City of Fredericton, “members of the Forensic Identification Team were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.”
Around $15 in K-Cup coffee sales was stolen, plus some law memorabilia in the form of a brown jug and Pewter key-chains. Lord said that the LSS had just finished selling cash tickets for the UNB Law Ball, which might have motivated the break-in.
“This event and the ticket sale [were] publicized, and anyone could have seen the posters giving details on the sale,” said Lord.
“The LSS executive has been vigilant in ensuring that monies accumulated be deposited promptly or stored securely. This is a best practice that we will be sure to continue.”
The LSS executive has strived to avoid keeping large amounts of cash in their office since a similar break-in two years ago. Although there is no evidence to suggest it was the same perpetrator, the point of entry for both thefts was the same.
“We are currently working with the administration on solutions to this security issue,” said Lord.
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