By John Brown
Arizona Summer Wildcat
July 23, 1997

Police Beat

July 15

A UA employee reported nearly $17,000 worth of electronic equipment stolen from the College of Nursing, 1305 N. Martin Ave.

The employee told university police two Panasonic video recorders with a combined value of $1,900 were taken from a storage room sometime between 5 p.m. July 7 and the morning of July 11.

She told police the remaining items, a $2,000 JVC video camera and power pack, $7,000 Panasonic camera, power pack, and tri-pod mount, and two editing decks valued at $5,500 were taken between July 14 at 5:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. the next morning.

The employee told police the rooms were secure and she had no idea who may have taken the equipment. Police found no sign of forced entry.

Police have no suspects.

July 16

A 22-year-old student reported his 1988 Toyota truck stolen from the Zone 1 parking lot at 1515 E. First St.

The student told university police he parked his red pick-up truck at 3 p.m. and when he returned at 5:20 p.m. it was gone. The student said he did not see any evidence of forced entry. Inside the truck were $600 worth of compact discs and a $80 pair of sunglasses.

Police have no suspects.

July 17

A female student and a 25-year-old naked man were arrested on criminal trespassing charges after university police found them on the high dive at Hillenbrand Aquatics Center, 1824 E. Enke Drive.

Bike patrol officers were conducting a routine security check at 2:47 a.m. when they heard a voice coming from the high board area of the pool. When police looked up, they saw the man and the woman on the platform looking down at them.

While the suspects were coming down, police noticed that the man was naked, police reports stated.

The woman told police it was scary up on the high dive.

Erin Bottai, 25, and Michael Heine were arrested on second degree trespassing charges and released at the scene.

July 18

A student reported his $600 Trek mountain bike stolen from Life Sciences North, 1333 N. Martin Ave.

He told university police he locked his bright blue 21-speed mountain bike with a U-lock on the east side of the building at 3 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m., it was gone.

Police have no suspects.

July 19

University police responded to 1118 E. Forth St. in reference to a report of a suicidal female.

When police arrived at 7:07 p.m., they met with a 30-year-old woman who said she was having "bad thoughts" and that she was considering suicide.

The woman told police she had gotten into an argument with her fiance and she was upset about her father's death, which occurred in 1979. She said her feelings were intensified because she had been drinking, police reports stated.

She told police she tried to kill herself in 1983 by drinking poison. The woman agreed to have police transport her to St. Mary's Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

July 21

Two 15-year-old boys were arrested on charges of interfering with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution after complaints that the boys were "trick" skateboarding in front of the Memorial Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd.

University police responded to the Union about 7:15 p.m. after a report of 10 juveniles jumping, grinding, sliding on stairs, rails, and handicap ramps in front of the building.

Two citizens complained to police that the boys were obstructing pedestrian traffic and that one had hit his skateboard against the metal statue near the main entrance. The man added that the boys were "zooming" around an area where it was hard to see people coming.

Since the boys had disregarded earlier warnings not to skate on university property, they were arrested and taken to police headquarters where they were released to their parents. The skateboards were taken into evidence.

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