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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
October 27, 1998
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University police arrested a Tucson man early Sunday morning after an officer saw him wandering around with a beer can balanced on his head.

According to reports, police pulled into the parking lot in front of Circle K, 1610 E. Sixth St., at 12:48 a.m. and saw Leonard Thomas Rios, 28, of the 0-to-100 block of East Fifth Street, walking in front of the store with the can on his head, police reports stated.

When the officer approached Rios, the beer can fell off his head and beer spilled onto the ground.

According to reports, the officer checked Rios' identification and confirmed one warrant from Pima Community College Police Department for unlawful use of alcohol and two Tucson Police Department warrants for drinking in public.

Police noted Rios smelled of alcohol and had him lean up against a garbage can while they questioned him.

While being driven to Pima County Jail, Rios told the officer he would shoot him. Rios also was verbally abusive to the officer at the jail where he was booked, reports stated.

A female student called police early Friday morning to report a burglary and vandalism after she found a bench missing from her home and eggs splattered on her carpet.

The student told police she believed an unidentified member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 1801 E. First St., had entered the Delta Delta Delta sorority house at 1:19 a.m. and thrown eggs and tomatoes throughout the house, police reports stated.

The woman also told police one bench was stolen, another bench damaged and pots were broken outside of the house at 1541 E. Second St.

After the call, another officer stopped a large group of men at the corner of North First Street and East Martin Avenue and asked them about the incident. As they were being questioned, a third officer saw three men running east on Martin.

The Delta Delta Delta member had told police moments before that the people she believed were responsible had run east from the sorority house, reports stated.

Police detained one of the men seen running and asked him about the vandalism and burglary.

According to reports, he told officers he was going home and then said, "I was there but did not throw anything."

The Delta Delta Delta resident told police she didn't want to press charges at that time, so officers released the man.

An off-duty officer called police Friday night after he saw someone throwing rocks at a parked car.

According to police reports, the officer told police he was standing outside on his apartment balcony at 10:40 p.m. when he saw a man throwing rocks at a black Chevrolet Camaro parked in a Zone 1 lot at North Ninth Street and East Fremont Avenue, about 200 yards away from the officer's apartment.

The officer told police he was unable to give a description of the man, but he did see him get into a red Volkswagen Jetta when the Camaro's alarm went off.

According to reports, the officer said the Camaro's antenna was bent and there were chips in the driver and passenger side windows. The man didn't break into the car.

When police arrived the Camaro was gone and they were unable to contact the owner, who later called police about the damage, reports stated.

A security guard from the UA Associated Students Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd., called police Friday afternoon to report a possible theft from the store.

According to police reports, the employee was at work at 12:02 p.m., when an employee of Rothers Bookstore, 501 N. Park Ave., called him and said a man had just sold four books to Rothers that he believed were stolen from the UA bookstore.

The UA employee went to Rothers, inspected the books and concluded that the four physics books, valued at $80 each, were new and belonged to the UA bookstore.

The Rothers employee provided the name and license plate number of the man who had sold the physics books and described the car he was driving as a 1986 two-door Toyota Celica, reports stated.

When officers ran the name and license plate number through police computers, they were unable to find any information on the man.

The UA employee told police he wasn't planning to press charges but wanted the incident documented in case of future problems, reports stated.

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