By ANDREW SOULSBY
Two vehicles have been stolen from Conestoga College’s Doon campus parking lots this year.
According to Barb Eichholz, supervisor at Safety and Security Services, the thefts were isolated incidents involving two GMC trucks.
“People go out and find that their trucks are not there,” she said. “We call Waterloo Regional Police and provide any footage for them that we capture on video and that’s all we can do.”
Olaf Heinzel, public affairs co-ordinator for the Waterloo Regional Police Service, said the first theft occurred on Feb. 7 and the second on March 8.
“One was a Chevy Silverado and the other one was a Sonoma,” he said, adding they have not yet been recovered and the thefts are still under investigation.
According to Heinzel, police received both complaints after 5 p.m.
In March 2010, Spoke reported a similar incident in which two vehicles were stolen from Doon’s parking lots in connection with a chop shop, an operation set up to strip vehicles of their parts for sale in underground or overseas markets.
The person involved with the thefts was eventually arrested.
The campus’s proximity to Highway 401 makes it a target for car thieves, Eichholz said, adding another reason Doon’s lots are targeted is because “we have large parking lots, but, you go to the mall it happens, you park in your driveway it happens.”
Eichholz also said she did not believe thefts have occurred at any of the other Conestoga campuses.
In 2011, police received four complaints of car thefts from Doon campus, according to Heinzel.