Police Beat

Police Beat

Zach Thomas
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 16, 1996

University police arrested a Tucson man on charges of third-degree burglary, criminal damage and attempted theft Wednesday, after he allegedly broke into the new Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering building's construction site at East University Boulevard and North Mountain Avenue.

A community service officer saw Michael Mason, 20, of the 1800 block of East Linden, on top of a yellow crane at 11:05 p.m. "making noise and reaching inside the crane," police reports stated.

When police arrived, Mason fled on foot, but was later picked up by officers searching the area.

Police found a broken window in the crane as well as a backpack and bicycle apparently belonging to Mason. Reports indicate Mason allegedly broke the crane's window to gain access to food in the cab.

Officers observed small glass particles on Mason's head and shoulders as well as cuts and grease on his hands and arms. Footprints at the scene also match the suspect's footwear.

Mason was cited and taken to Pima County Jail.

A female student called police after being verbally harassed in the Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd.

Between 8 and 8:30 p.m., Feb. 8, the victim told police a man continuously watched her in Louie's Lower Level. He reportedly asked several times if she was watching "the game." When she got up to leave, he asked if "she wanted that drink now," police reports stated.

She replied, "No."

The victim called police because she believed the comments were sexual and was concerned about her safety.

A UA student called police after someone smashed the rear window of his 1995 Jeep Cherokee Wednesday.

The window was broken between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. while the vehicle was parked in lot 5071, south of Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall, 910 E. Fifth St.

A note left on the vehicle earlier in the week read, "Why do you continuously park here knowing that it's residential parking only. I'm on the verge of bashing your window, so please fuck off."

The vehicle owner said he will press charges if the person responsible for the damage is located.

University police arrested a resident of Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 610 N. Highland Ave., on charges of unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lawrence E. Fleming, 18, was cited after a resident assistant reported smelling the odor of burnt marijuana coming from a second-floor room.

While being questioned, Fleming produced a small brass pipe and a small bag of marijuana.

He was cited and released on the scene.

The two other occupants of the room denied smoking marijuana and were not charged.

Two purses were stolen from campus-area buildings Wednesday in separate incidents.

A student told police her purse was stolen at 8:50 or 8:51 a.m. from Room 100 in Social Sciences, 1145 E. South Campus Dr.

The purse contained multiple credit cards and approximately $10 in cash.

In an unrelated incident, another student told police her purse was stolen from a classroom in Modern Languages, 1423 E. University Blvd.

While the student was collecting a test at the front of the room between 10:50 and 10:55 a.m., someone took the bag from her desk.

The purse contained a stereo faceplate, multiple credit and bank cards, an Arizona driver's license and other contents. The items stolen are valued at $593.

A resident of Coronado Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., tried to drive away in a vehicle which had been impounded with an engaged auto immobilization boot belonging to Parking and Transportation Services, Wednesday at 11:50 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., Parking and Transportation officials applied the boot to the 1992 Chevrolet pickup parked in lot 5070 at the corner of North Euclid Avenue and East Sixth Street. Police reports stated the vehicle had 10 outstanding tickets.

The driver told police he removed a large orange warning sticker from the window, but did not notice the boot.

Reports indicate the boot marred the frame of the vehicle. It is unknown if the boot itself was damaged.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.

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