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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 5, 1998
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University police arrested two people on suspicion of shoplifting after a bookstore employee called police Tuesday morning.

According to police reports, a security guard at the UA Associated Students Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd., saw Christopher Thomas Bechtel, 27, of the 3200 block of East Seneca Street, and Karen Lynn Wilson, 36, of the 700 block of West Laguna Street, walk into the store at 9:27 a.m.

The employee told police Wilson's brown leather bag was empty when she entered the store and he saw Wilson put the textbooks into her bag.

The employee said he then walked to the front door of the bookstore and told Wilson and Bechtel that he had called police.

The man and woman then walked over to the clothing area of the store and removed the books from her bag, reports stated. An employee of the clothing area saw them remove the books, reports stated.

According to reports, an officer arrived at the bookstore as Wilson and Bechtel were about to walk out. Police took them to a conference room and checked their identification.

Wilson told the officer she had tried to steal the books and that she had previously stolen other books from the UA bookstore and sold them to Rothers University Book Store, 501 N. Park Ave., reports stated. She also told police Bechtel had helped her.

The officer checked Wilson's identification and found she had a warrant for writing a bad $100 check to a gas station.

Wilson was taken to the Pima County Jail and released by pre-trial services.

Bechtel was cited and released.

A resident assistant called police Monday night after a resident complained about receiving sexually harassing phone calls.

Police spoke with the resident of Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, 1420 E. Fifth St., at 8:50 p.m., police reports stated.

The woman told officers an unidentified man called her three times Oct. 19 about 8 p.m. She said the man didn't speak to her during any of the calls but did breathe heavily over the phone.

According to reports, the resident told police she hung up on the man all three times.

The woman told officers the same man called Monday night at 8:30 p.m. She told police for the first few calls, the man breathed heavily again. After a while, he began to make obscene comments, saying things like he enjoyed "sucking cocks and swallowing the cum," and "watching little boys get dressed and undressed," reports stated.

The resident told police she tried to trace the calls but was unsuccessful. She said she was considering changing her phone number.

A La Paz Hall resident called police Tuesday after-noon after an unidentified person told him that someone had put a pumpkin in a dryer and turned it on.

According to police reports, the student told police the other person told him on Sunday that someone had placed a pumpkin in a dryer in the laundry room of the dorm, 602 N. Highland Ave., some time Saturday.

The student said he checked the dryer Monday and he found no damage because it had already been cleaned up by a custodial crew, who had charged $100 for the service.

The officer told the student that a pumpkin theft had occurred over the weekend and asked if the student knew anything about it, reports stated.

The student told police he didn't know anything about the pumpkin theft.

An employee called police Tuesday morning after she found feces smeared on the windows and walkways of the north and south entrances to the Life Sciences South building, 1007 E. Lowell St.

The woman told officers she found the dispersed defecation at 6 a.m. and that ice cream had been smeared in the same areas at 6 a.m. Monday.

She also told officers that while she was working on the third floor of the Biological Sciences West building, 1041 E. Lowell St., during the last two weeks of August, she found feces on the floor and mirror of the men's bathroom.

Police patrolled the area around the Center for Computing and Information Technology, 1077 N. Highland Ave., Tuesday morning after an employee received a bomb threat over the phone.

According to reports, the woman told police she answered an office phone at 11:03 a.m. and spoke with whom she believed to be a young male.

The employee told officers the man said there was a bomb within her vicinity and then hung up on the woman.

Police patrolled the area but found nothing out of the ordinary, reports stated.

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