By Keith J. Allen
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 2, 1997

Police Beat

A man was arrested on three charges after he was found in a computer lab Monday in the Harshbarger Building, 1235 E. North Campus Drive.

A male UA employee told university police that the man, Ron F. Gilbert, 31, of a general delivery address, was in the computer lab using a computer when he arrived at 7:40 a.m.

The employee told police that he attempted to enter the lab with his code to release the lock but the lock appeared to be broken.

Police met Gilbert at the lab, and he told police he had been let into the lab by a custodian Sunday at about 5:30 p.m. and that he had been there all night. Gilbert later said an "Oriental couple" had let him in, police reports stated.

Gilbert told police he knew he was not allowed to use the computer lab. He said he had been using UA labs for about two weeks to make "Web sheets" that he sells to students, which he said was his only means of income, police reports stated.

Police reports stated that after examining the door to the lab, police found that a thin object appeared to have been used to stick between the door and the door frame in order to push on the lock and open the door. Reports stated that the lock had scratches on it also.

Gilbert was arrested on charges of second-degree computer fraud and third-degree burglary. He was transported to police headquarters.

Police found a small pocket knife on Gilbert that was believed to have been used to open the lab's door, police reports stated. Reports stated that a wrench with "Mines rm 25" engraved on the handle was in Gilbert's duffle bag.

Gilbert told police he did not want to answer where he got the wrench. He was cited on an additional charge of theft less than $250.

Gilbert was booked into Pima County Jail.

A female student reported receiving an obscene message on her voice mail Monday at Yuma Residence Hall, 1107 E. North Campus Drive.

The student told university police that she checked her voice mail and found a message from a male caller that said, "Fucking bitch. I can't believe you fucking did this to me. I'll fucking kill you. If you know what's good for you, you'll leave this fucking state you fucking cunt."

The student told police she did not recognize the caller's voice. She said she did not know anyone who would call her and leave that type of message.

A male student reported a computer stolen Saturday from Corleone Apartments, 1330 N. Park Avenue.

The student told university police his father had bought a Gateway computer for him and shipped it directly from the company via United Parcel Service.

A male student working in the office at the apartments told police he signed for the computer Friday at 2 p.m. and kept it in the office. He said that when he left the office, it was secured.

When the student working in the office returned Saturday at noon, he told police that the office still was secured. He said he did not leave the office at any time that day without locking the office's door.

The values of the Gateway monitor, Gateway keyboard and Gateway central processing unit were unknown.

A male student reported his backpack and items in it stolen from Bear Down Gym, 1428 E. University Blvd.

The student told university police he left his backpack Friday at 2 p.m. When he returned at 3 p.m., the backpack and items were gone.

The backpack was valued at $20, a Gucci bifold wallet at $100, a scientific calculator at $50 and another calculator at $15. The backpack also contained five various cards and 23 Bank of America checks of unknown value.

A male student reported his bicycle and U-lock stolen from near the Kappa Sigma fraternity house, 1423 N. First St.

The student told university police he locked his Univega mountain bike with a Kryptonite U-lock to a bike rack south of the house Thursday at 9 p.m. When he returned to his bike Thursday at noon, the bike and U-lock were gone.

The values of the bike and U-lock were unknown.

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

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