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Archive for Saturday, October 31, 1998

POLICE BAG PRANK SUSPECTS

October 31, 1998

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A planned fraternity prank at a local sorority doesn't have police laughing.

Three fraternity brothers intent on delivering a Halloween scare to a neighboring sorority house were stopped by police this week.

Sgt. George Wheeler said an officer was driving about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of Tennessee when he noticed the three men near the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, 1 Gower Pl. When he stopped to investigate, the three men ran up a trail behind the Greek houses.

Unfortunately for the men, they left three pillowcases behind, one which had three initials on it. The officer went to the nearby Alpha Tau Omega house, 1537 Tenn., where a fraternity member identified whose initials were on the pillowcase.

Police later interviewed the man, who said he was with two other ATO members.

"Their intent was to put the pillowcases over their heads to scare the females at the (Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority)," Wheeler said.

Wheeler said the men weren't arrested or issued tickets, because they didn't break the law.

The prank came during a week that has some sorority members on edge because of rumors of prowlers at sorority houses. There was a break-in at the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, 1600 Oxford, over the weekend, and reports of prowlers wearing a "Scream" mask at two other sororities.

The latter reports might also be pranks because an unidentified caller apologized to sorority members at the Chi Omega house, 1345 West Campus Rd.

Panhellenic Assn. president and Chi Omega member Libby Sigg said the origin of the calls are unknown, so members aren't dismissing the sightings as a prank outright.

"That's the problem we're running into right now," Sigg said about Wednesday's copycat trio. "Other individuals are using it as a prank, a joke."

The reports have increased safety awareness, she said.

"The good thing that's come out of this, I think, is that most of the chapter houses have checked their security systems and are making sure all the windows are locked."

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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