By John Brown
Arizona Daily Wildcat
June 18, 1997


Arizona Summer Wildcat

A 17-year-old girl reported Sunday that her parents' 1993 Chevrolet Suburban had been stolen from the parking lot next to the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering building, 1130 N. Mountain Ave.

The girl told university police she was here attending Girl's State and had parked the vehicle in the lot on June 9 around 1 p.m. She gave her keys to one of the supervisors of the conference and they were locked up for the week.

When she returned Sunday at 11 a.m., the white and maroon Suburban with a faded pink stripe was gone. She told police the only other keys to the vehicle were with her parents in Buckeye.

Police have no suspects.

A 32-year-old Christian man was swindled for $150 June 11 by a limping man in his 50s who claimed he was interested in becoming a Christian and needed a little help.

The Christian man told university police his church had contacted him and told him a man wanted to become a member of their church. He decided to meet the man on campus June 11 about 1:30 p.m. at Bio Sciences East.

The men discussed religion and Christianity at an exterior patio of the building for more than an hour.

The older man told the Christian he had recently separated from the Mormon Church and that the church was now prosecuting him for secret religious reason known only to Mormon Church members.

The Christian man told police that the man's account of Mormonism was "very detailed" and that he claimed to have been a high-ranking official in the past.

The man also claimed to have four children between the ages of 6 and 18. He said he was a Hughes employee who now works at the Optical Sciences building in "a lab."

Since he just started, the man claimed money was short at his house and asked the Christian for a gift so he could "put food on the table" for his family.

The Christian told police he drove to Bank One at Park and Second avenues and gave the man $150.

The man then invited the Christian to his house for dinner that evening, but when the Christian man arrived to the address in the 1100 Block of East Ninth Street, the resident did not know the man. A phone number given to the Christian was linked to a pay phone.

The man believes he was lied to and tricked into giving money and told police he "absolutely" wanted to press charges.

A male UA employee reported Friday that several outdoor items were taken from a patio at the La Paz Residence Hall, 602 N. Highland.

The UA maintenance mechanic told university police he left the residence hall Thursday about 2:30 p.m. When he and co-workers returned Friday at 10:45 a.m., they noticed the items missing from a breezeway in a fireplace area on the far northeast side of the complex.

Two black steel chairs with Mexican-style purple pads, fireplace tools and screen, and four pads from metal couches were taken.

Police found two cut padlocks that had secured the chairs and a third padlock with a cut shackle that had locked a cabinet with the fireplace equipment. The locks were taken into evidence.

Police found footprints on a iron door covering and rubber shoe marks on the patio wall interior.

The value of the items was unknown and police have no suspects.

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity advisor reported Sunday that several items were damaged in the courtyard of the house including broken chairs and glass, and a couch that was set on fire.

The advisor told university police that the damage occurred Sunday sometime between 1- 4 a.m. He said his own investigation led him to four suspects, two ex-members and two current members, who were seen in the courtyard just prior to the vandalism.

The advisor told police he wanted to give the suspects a chance to pay for the damage.

The first suspect told police he was unable to pay on Sunday because he was busy at work. He said he would try to pool money together with the others responsible for the damage, as many as eight people.

If he was unable to locate the other suspects, he said he was willing to pay the $350- $500 requested by the advisor to put this incident behind him.

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

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