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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 11, 1998
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University police arrested a man Wednesday morning after he confessed to possessing crystal methamphetamine and marijuana and stealing bike parts from various spots on campus.

Police at Coffee Plantation, 845 E. University Blvd., saw a man riding a black mountain bike with bike parts strapped to his handlebars. Officers then watched the man try to remove a light from a red mountain bike locked up in front of Coffee Plantation, police reports stated.

When police confronted the man, he admitted to trying to remove the light from the bike and said he stole handlebars, shock absorbers and other items from various locations around campus, reports stated.

The man, Joe P. Deller, 23, of the 400 block of East Fort Lowell Road, then told police he had narcotics and needles wrapped in Ace bandages that he had used to shoot up crystal meth with the previous evening, reports stated.

Deller then said he had marijuana and crystal meth in a blue plastic container in his fanny pack, reports stated.

Police placed Deller into a patrol car and drove him to various locations on campus. Deller pointed out spots to police where he had stolen the items, reports stated.

Deller told police he stole handlebars and shock absorbers from a silver Raleigh bicycle on the north side of the University Third Ward Church, 1333 E. Second St., reports stated.

Police checked out the bicycle, which appeared to have missing parts, and left a card to inform the owner of what had happened, reports stated.

Deller then told police he had stolen two bike lights from Arizona/Sonora Residence Hall's bike-parking area at 910 E. Fifth St., reports stated. When police examined the bikes, they confirmed that the parts were missing.

Deller told police that the black mountain bike he was riding was his girlfriend's, but he would not divulge her name, reports stated. Police confiscated the bike and placed it into safekeeping until they locate the owner.

Police also confiscated a set of shock absorbers valued at $250, a set of mountain bike handlebars valued at $150, one black Nishiki Mountain Bike valued at $200, a Bristol Scout knife, a silver vise grip, four cut bike cables, two brake cable sleeves, a wrench set, two plastic boxes with 15.7 grams of suspected marijuana, a small baggie of 1.48 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a pipe with suspected marijuana residue and three used syringes, reports stated.

Deller was then booked into Pima County Jail on suspicion of narcotics possession, attempted theft, theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A UA student was found lying injured on the ground in a campus parking lot Wednesday afternoon.

Police responded to a call at the parking lot south of the Visitor's Center, 1600 E. University Blvd., and found a student sprawled on the asphalt, police reports stated.

The injured student said she was riding her bike around a vehicle in the parking lot when she saw another car approaching her head-on, reports stated.

The woman said she hit the brakes on her bike, causing her to fall off and hurt her elbow and knee, reports stated.

The student driving the car told police the bicyclist came around from behind a vehicle and she stepped on her brakes and stopped when she saw her.

The car and the bike never actually made contact, reports stated.

The injured bike-rider was then taken to the University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., where she was treated for a dislocated elbow and abrasions on her left knee, reports stated.

A student reported his bike and U-Lock stolen Wednesday afternoon when he returned after Labor Day weekend to find them missing.

The bike was last seen locked up at the Hopi Residence Hall, 1440 E. Fourth St., police reports stated.

The student took the front wheel off and locked his bike in front of the dorm Sept. 4, but when he went to look for it Sept. 8, the bike and lock were gone, reports stated.

Police currently have no suspects.

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

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