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Vandals rob SCC Game Room

Vandals rob SCC Game Room

By Irene C. Kuo

An unknown number of intruders vandalized the Student Center Committee Game Room over Thanksgiving weekend, according to Ted E. Johnson, program coordinator of the Campus Activities Complex. Game Room Chairman Dewey M. Ennis '90 estimated $600-800 were stolen from six machines. None of the other businesses in the Student Center were affected.

Ennis stressed that very little is known about the incident. The thief (or thieves) probably hid in the building Wednesday night and then "had a field day," he said. To Ennis' knowledge, money had never been stolen from the machines before. The Student Center was closed between 7 pm Wednesday and 7 am Friday.

"[The thief] broke into the game room and used professional equipment on the machines," according to Ennis. The thief tried to remove money from the dollar bill-changer, but was unsuccessful.

The game room has been closed between 1 am and 7 am every day since it reopened on Monday. Until then, it was open 24 hours. SCC will meet Sunday night to adopt a formal policy.

Ennis expressed concern over the future of SCC's plan to increase the number of games from 14 to 20. According to Johnson, SCC is close to presenting the Cambridge Licensing Board with an application for more machines.

The vendors that provide the machines will absorb 45 percent of the loss, and SCC will absorb the rest. The broken machines were removed for repair shortly after the break-in.