By John Brown
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 4, 1997

Police Beat

A Tucson man was arrested on burglary and drug charges Sunday after he was found in the abandoned Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity House, 1525 E. Drachman St.

Tucson police notified university police of a possible burglary in progress at 3:30 p.m. When university police arrived, TPD already had Dennis Eugene Smith, 41, of a general delivery address, detained on the east side of the building.

Smith told university police "some man" had given him permission to enter the building and he was looking for items he might want, reports stated.

He told police he gained access by moving a plank from the fence's gate that surrounds the facility.

Reports stated that two of the building's sliding glass doors were unsecured.

Smith told police he had taken packets of non-prescribed drugs from the building, reports stated.

Smith's bicycle was on the west side of building and had a plastic milk carton crate on it. Inside the crate police found a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, and several prescription drugs, including codeine, reports stated.

Smith said he found the drugs in a dumpster, reports stated.

He was booked into Pima County Jail on charges of second degree burglary, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs and narcotic drugs. He is being held in lieu of a $1,584 bond.

Two male students were arrested on alcohol charges Monday after university police found them attempting to sneak a case of beer under a shirt and inside a backpack at East Fourth Street near North Highland Avenue.

Shortly after midnight, police saw the two students with two six packs of beer under a T-shirt. Neither student had identification but both admitted to being underage.

The 17-year-old student told university police he had bought the beer from his friend.

The friend said, "We got it at the gas station, we like paid someone to buy it," reports stated.

Police then asked what was in his backpack and he replied, "Beer, do you wanna see it?" reports stated. Inside was a 12-pack of Budweiser beer.

Police had the students dump the beer and both were cited on minor in possession of alcohol charges and released at the scene.

Two 19-year-old female students reported receiving a sexually harassing phone call Monday at Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 610 N. Highland Ave.

One of the students answered the phone at 9:30 p.m. and a male caller said, "What are you wearing?" according to police reports. Her roommate then took the phone and asked, "Who is this?" The caller said his name was Michael and again said, "What are you wearing?" The student then told him to stop calling.

Several students on the all female floor of the dorm told university police that they have received calls from "Michael" and also from a "Steve."

Residents of La Paz Residence Hall, 422 N. Highland Ave. and Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., have also reported similar calls.

Police suspect the calls are made randomly since the last four digits of resident hall phone numbers are identical to the room number.

A university employee reported the theft of several nerf footballs and two Motorola radios that were left outside in a duffle bag overnight near McKale Center, 1721 Enke Drive.

The employee told university police he left the bag by a trailer on the east side of McKale at 9:30 p.m. after the "Meet the Team" football event.

When he came back at 9 a.m., it was gone.

The two-way radios were valued at $1,200, the duffle bag at $20 and the value of nerf footballs was unknown.

University police responded to Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall, 910 E. Fifth St., Tuesday after a report that a male student had a crack pipe, a razor and a mirror in his room.

Police arrived at the student's room about 9 a.m. and he allowed them permission to come in and look around, reports stated.

The student told university police he had used marijuana and cocaine before but never intravenous drugs, reports stated. He said marijuana was the only drug he has used in the past 30 days, reports stated.

According to reports, when police asked him if he had a drug problem he replied, "I used to."

Police did not find any drugs or suspicious items, but told the student if any additional reports occurred, they would come back with the search dogs.

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


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