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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 2, 1999
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University police detained a Tucson man Wednesday morning after an employee of the UA-area Circle K convenience store told officers he saw the man shoplifting, police reports stated.

An officer was driving east on Speedway at 12:28 a.m., when he spotted the Circle K employee chasing the man through the store's parking lot, 1000 E. Speedway Blvd., reports stated.

The man stopped running after the officer ordered him to freeze.

The convenience store employee told police the man took "some items" from the store without paying for them, reports stated. He told officers the man refused to leave the store when asked, reports stated.

Police searched the man's bag and found "several bars of ice cream, candy bars, tuna and eggs," reports stated.

UAPD kept the man in custody until an officer from the Tucson Police Department arrived.

The Circle K employee told police he did not want to press charges against the man, and all the items were returned to the store, reports stated.

The Tucson Fire Department was called to Apache Residence Hall Wednesday after someone set "a piece of paper on fire," police reports stated.

The paper was reportedly ignited outside a room in the dorm, 1440 E. Fifth St., at 2:28 p.m.

Police evacuated the residence hall and TFD firefighters arrived to extinguish the flames.

The fire reportedly caused damage to papers on a hallway bulletin board. Police notified the hall director and the alarm was reset.

An officer found two young children "unattended and wandering" the streets Wednesday afternoon, police reports stated.

The officer was driving west on East Fifth Street when he spotted "a small child standing within three feet of Fifth Street," reports stated.

Police also found another unattended young child in the same area.

The first child was wearing only a diaper and was standing on the west side of the alley just east of Lainai Apartments, 3727 E. Fifth St.

The officer saw the second child walking between parked cars in the street, reports stated.

The officer got out of his car and approached the two children.

He saw a woman "standing on the second story looking down" and asked her if the children were hers. She told the officer "no," reports stated.

A young boy who the officer believed to be "12 or 13" came out of the apartment complex and picked up the two children.

The boy told police he was responsible for the children. The officer followed the boy to an apartment and found three women, one teenage female and "several children," reports stated.

Two women in the apartment said the unattended children were theirs. They told police they had fallen asleep and believed the children opened the front door and left the apartment, reports stated.

Police asked the women if their children had walked out in the past. They both said no, but stated the two-year-old had just learned how to open doorknobs, reports stated.

The officer noted nine people were living in the apartment.

Tucson Police Department officers came and handled the situation.

A university student was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was thrown off of his motorcycle, police reports stated.

Witnesses told police a gray 1987 Oldsmobile was driving east on East Helen Street approaching the a two-way stop sign at Helen and North Park Avenue.

The Oldsmobile driver, Scott S. Madsen, 24, stopped for the sign and then proceeded into the intersection, reports stated.

As the car pulled into the intersection, a student on a gray 1982 Honda motorcycle was headed north on Park.

The two vehicles collided, tossing the motorcycle driver into the street and reportedly causing severe damage to the bike, reports stated. The student was taken to University Medical Center.

Madsen, of the 600 block of East Drachman Street, was cited on suspicion of failure to yield at a stop sign.

A student called police Wednesday afternoon to report his $100 gold Seiko wristwatch stolen.

The student told police he left his bedroom door open while in the shower at the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity house, 1449 N. Cherry Ave., police reports stated.

The student said he left the watch on a desk in his room at 3:15 p.m. and discovered it missing when he returned from the shower at 4 p.m.

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