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By Arek Sarkissian II

Arizona Summer Wildcat

A Tucson man was arrested Tuesday for drug possession and an outstanding drug-related warrant.

Police stopped a pickup truck at East Sixth Street and North Mountain Avenue after a police laser indicated that the driver was traveling 47 mph in a 30 mph speed limit.

The driver, Tomas Rea, 21, of the 2500 block of South Coconino Vista Road, admitted to officers that he did not have a driver's license, reports stated.

Rea identified himself to police as "Tommy" Rea and gave officers his date of birth. Police discovered Rea reportedly had a suspended license and an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for numerous narcotic sale and transfer offenses.

Officers placed Rea under arrest and searched the truck he was driving. Rea said the truck was owned by a friend who let him borrow it, reports stated.

Officers found a white pill in the pocket of the driver's side door and a socket in the ashtray, reports stated. Police reported the socket had residue on one side that reportedly had the odor of burnt marijuana.

Officers also reportedly found a hand-rolled cigarette in the ashtray filled with a "green leafy substance" that officers believed to be marijuana.

Rea was charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He was taken into custody and booked at Pima County Jail.

Police were dispatched to a university fraternity house Wednesday morning after reports that two transient males appeared to be drinking alcohol on campus.

Police arrived at the Delta Chi fraternity house, 1701 E. First St. and found two males, Steve Rogers, 25, and William Monaco, 25, sitting on the curb in front of the fraternity house. Reports stated the two were not drinking alcohol, but water out of a one-gallon container.

Police ran background checks under the names of both individuals and found Monaco reportedly held a felony warrant from Olympia, Wash. for allegedly escaping community custody and attempting to elude police in a vehicle.

Monaco was placed under arrest. Police transported Monaco to Pima County Jail to be extradited to Washington at the request of the Washington State Superior Court.

A student contacted UAPD Thursday after a transaction she made with another individual through a Web site appeared to be fraudulent.

The student reportedly bought a laptop computer she found for sale on the eBay website from Mark Alexander, 50, of Modesto, Calif. She agreed to pay $1548.12 for the computer, which included the cost of overnight shipping.

The student said Alexander e-mailed her July 26 saying he had received the payment, reports stated, and as of Thursday, the computer had not arrived.

The student also said the cashier's check she sent to Alexander had been cashed.

The student said she was planning to use the computer for research while on a trip to Panama and had to postpone her trip to wait for the computer, reports stated.

The case was turned over to detectives for further investigation.

A university employee called police Thursday morning after noticing his motorbike had been stolen from a university parking lot.

Reports stated the employee parked his Yamaha Dirt bike, valued at $4,000, in a Zone One parking lot located at 1305 N. Martin St. He said he locked the bike using a cable lock at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, reports stated. When he returned to the lot at 4:51 a.m., the bike was gone.

No evidence was found at the scene. There are no suspects at this time.

A university employee called police Wednesday after numerous suspicious phone calls were made from her office phone lines over a period of five months.

The employee told officers approximately 60 phone calls were made from the four phone lines in her office at 1609 W. Warren St., to an unknown phone number in India. The employee stated the phone calls were made during business hours from Dec. 18, 2000, to May 31, reports stated.

The employee said although she and other staff were in the office during the time period, nobody who worked at the office made the phone calls.

The employee told officers she called CCIT to question the phone calls, but CCIT asked her to file a police report.

Police currently have no known suspects in the case.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resume can be found at