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Archive for Wednesday, July 24, 1996

VANDALS STRIKE AT NEW POOL

July 24, 1996

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As a crowd of swimmers took a splash at the Lawrence Aquatic Center on Saturday and Sunday, thieves were busy taking valuables.

Prodded by several incidents of theft during the pool's opening weekend, Lawrence police and a pool manager are advising would-be swimmers to be careful with their belongings.

Valuables at the pool "aren't monitored -- don't expect them to be," police spokeswoman Sgt. Susan Hadl said. "Take them at your own risk."

Wallets and articles of clothing were taken from the pool area and the locker room. In one of the reported incidents, a swimmer lost a backpack, wallet, credit cards and jewelry valued at $300.

Hadl recommended that swimmers lock up belongings, keep them in plain view, keep one person with them at all times or not bring them.

Prior to the rebuilding effort, the pool locker room contained lockers that could be rented for a quarter. The new lockers do not have locks, and weekend manager Joe Meyers said swimmers should bring their own padlocks.

Meyers said pool staffers will allow swimmers, if caught unaware of the lack of locks, to take valuables to their cars after admission is paid.

He also encouraged swimmers to leave major valuables at home.

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