BREAKING: U of A Law Centre and Weir Library broken into

EPS report "significant damage" and continue to investigate

A University of Alberta library and building are partially closed as police investigate a break-in occurred over the weekend.

Portions of the Law Centre, including the John A. Weir Memorial Library, are closed due to an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) investigation. Students were notified around 9:00 a.m. by the university through the emergency notification system of the closures. The affected areas will remain closed until further notice by the university.

University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS) Inspector James Elkow said at “some point over the weekend” the Law Centre and library were broken into. 

“A number of rooms on two floors were broken into and perpetrated,” he said. “Right now we are unsure of if any items were stolen, but we are working with EPS who are the lead on the investigation.”

Elkow said UAPS is aware some items within the buildings were moved and that several doors were damaged.

Cheryl Sheppard, an EPS spokesperson, said the break-in was reported to authorities early morning on September 3. She added that EPS are currently on-scene and will continue to be until later today as they complete their investigation.

According to her, EPS determined there was “significant damage to the interiors” of both affected areas. She said EPS are currently searching through CCTV footage, collecting forensics, and piecing together what happened. 

Elkow said no classes have been affected by the closures and that EPS will remain on-scene as long as they need to conduct their investigation.

More to come.

Adam Lachacz

Adam Lachacz is the 2019-20 News Editor at The Gateway and previous Staff Reporter from 2018-19. He is a fourth-year student studying history and political science. While working for The Gateway he continues the tradition of turning coffee into copy.

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