By Bryon Wells
A Zone 1 parking permit reported "lost in the mail" since August 1997 was located Thursday by Parking Transportation Services workers in the hands of a student who hoped to score free parking for his BMW.
The student, Aytan Y. Dahukey, 18, of the 5900 block of East Sahuaro Ranch, told university police he found the permit in a 7 Eleven parking lot April 21 and had been using it to park his car ever since, police reports stated.
Police cited Dahukey on a theft of services charge about 1 p.m. and then released him from Parking and Transportation Services' offices, 888 N. Euclid Ave., reports stated.
About a half-hour earlier, police warned a female student of theft of service statutes after Parking and Transportation employees discovered she had been using a Zone 1 permit reported lost in October 1997.
The student told police a male student had given her the permit about a month earlier and she was unaware of any suspicious activity in the transaction, reports stated.
An officer told her that permits are issued to specific vehicles and are not transferable, and then warned her for theft. The student had to pay Parking and Transportation to have a "boot" device removed from her 1996 Honda Civic.
University police arrested a California man on drug charges early Friday after stopping his vehicle near North First Avenue and East Martin Street.
At 1:07 a.m., an officer spotted a vehicle, believed to have been involved in an earlier auto theft, driving into a parking lot near First Avenue and Martin Street, police reports stated.
The driver, Jefferson T. Griffith, 20, of Los Angeles, told the officer the car was his.
While speaking to Griffith, the officer saw a glass smoking pipe on the passenger-side floor and later found a plastic baggie containing 4.2 grams of suspected marijuana in the center console ashtray, reports stated.
Griffith was arrested on possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges and taken to the Pima County Jail.
A student was cited on a weapons-related charge early Friday after university police stopped his vehicle at the parking lot of Taco Bell, 1818 E. Speedway Blvd.
A sorority member told police that people riding in a late-model red Ford Mustang cruised by at 1:18 a.m. and "flipped off" people in the parking lot of the Alpha Chi Omega house, 1775 E. First St. The member also said the vehicle may have been involved in an earlier assault, police reports stated.
An officer spotted a Mustang convertible minutes later, followed it as it turned right onto Speedway Boulevard from North Cherry Avenue, and then stopped it at the Taco Bell restaurant, reports stated.
As the officer approached the vehicle, the three occupants raised their hands above their heads as the driver, Samuel L. Zobrest, 22, of the 5700 block of North Chieftan Trail, announced that there was a gun in the car, reports stated.
Zobrest told the officer that one of his friends "flipped off" some people while they drove past the sorority house but they were not at the house during the earlier assault.
When asked if he knew it was illegal to carry weapons on campus, Zobrest said "yes" and told the officer he did not mean to do it, reports stated.
The officer cited Zobrest on a charge disturbing the peaceful conduct of an educational institution, then released him after confiscating this .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun and 12 rounds of ammunition as evidence.
A student told university police Thursday that someone took a television from a student lounge at Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, 1420 E. Fifth St.
The student told police he last saw the $300 25-inch television about midnight Wednesday.
He noticed it was missing at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and told police the lounge is left open at all times and that the television was not bolted down to the wooden cabinet that contained it, police reports stated.
Police discovered no damage to the cabinet and nothing else missing, and the student said no one had seen anything suspicious in the area, reports stated.
Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.