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By By Bryon Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
January 1, 1998
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By Bryon Wells

University police arrested a man on suspicion of drug charges Monday after they disturbed his sleep outside the Franklin Building, 1011 E. Fifth St., and he pulled out a used syringe.

An officer arrived at 6:49 a.m. and spotted a man, later identified as Jeffrey Lee Hinden, 28, of the 2100 block of South Campbell Avenue, asleep on the building's south staircase.

The officer, who noticed a syringe protruding from Hinden's shorts pocket, drew his nightstick and called for other officers before waking the man.

Hinden then got up and took the syringe from his pocket, ignoring the officer's order to "drop the needle." He began to walk toward North Park Avenue, reports stated.

Backup officers then arrived and surrounded Hinden after he threw the syringe onto the Franklin Building's roof.

The officers grabbed Hinden and forced him to the ground when he did not follow orders to get down on his knees, reports stated.

A search revealed a metal smoking pipe that contained a burnt residue police suspected was from "crack" cocaine and a small vial fogged with a "slight film," reports stated.

The vial and pipe were sent to Department of Public Safety labs for analysis.

Hinden was arrested on suspicion of drug paraphernalia possession, and police took him to the Pima County Jail.

Officers retrieved the syringe from the roof, which also contained a residue.

Police photographed the syringe and took it to university police headquarters to be destroyed.

A jewelry vendor on the UA Mall called police Monday after she discovered two rings missing from her sales booth.

The woman, an Artcarved Rings sales representative, told police at 12:30 p.m. that she noticed the rings were missing after a large crowd of people left her area about 20 minutes earlier, police reports stated.

The gold-plate "Galaxy 1" and "Executive" rings were valued at $791, reports stated.

The woman told police she had not seen anyone suspicious in the area.

A campus security officer reported seeing a "beer skip" Aug. 15 while he was inside a campus-area convenience store.

The security officer said he was in the back of the store about 11 p.m. when he heard a door slam near the beer cooler, police reports stated.

He then saw a man leave the store carrying a 12-pack of beer and jump into a late model Ford Escort that sped away through an alley behind the store.

The car did not have its headlights on, but the security officer was able to read the car's license plate using his flashlight and then notify Tucson police, reports stated.

A Cochise Residence Hall assistant called police Monday after he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana behind two students who were leaving the dorm, 1018 E. South Campus Drive.

The RA told the two men to stay outside while he called police, who arrived minutes later and spoke to the two 18-year-old students, police reports stated.

One of the men told police he had smoked "one bowl" of marijuana, and that he had marijuana and a smoking pipe in his room, reports stated.

The student went to his room with police, where he pulled from his desk a smoking pipe and plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana, reports stated.

The other student told police he smoked "three or four hits" from the pipe, but neither would say where they bought the contraband, reports stated.

The two students were referred to the Dean of Students Diversion Program.

A student reported the theft of her UA parking permit Monday, finding it missing when she returned to her unlocked vehicle parked in the Cherry Avenue Garage, 1641 E. Enke Dr.

The student left her car about 10 a.m. She returned about an hour later to find her $300 parking permit gone.

The woman told police she left the windows of her 1995 Toyota Camry open and the doors unlocked.

Later that day, another student reported his Pioneer compact disc player missing from his truck parked in Lot #9002, at East First Street and North Forgeus Avenue.

The student told police he left his 1997 Nissan pickup about 8 a.m. He returned at 3:40 p.m. and noticed the $300 CD player missing, reports stated.

Police discovered the truck's rear window had been pried open. The vehicle's dashboard was also damaged as a result of the theft, reports stated.

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

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