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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 3, 1998
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A university employee at McClelland Hall, 1130 E. Helen St., called police early Tuesday morning after discovering that thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment had been stolen.

The employee told police he received a call Monday night from the McClelland computer center's alarm company, notifying him that UA security had accidentally set off the alarm system, police reports stated.

The employee told police he went down to the computer center to reset the alarm. When he left the center, he said nothing seemed unusual.

When he returned Tuesday, he saw that three computers with Intel Pentium processors, a mini-tower case, a hard drive adapter, 25 disks and one laptop computer with a total value of more than $33,700 were all missing, reports stated.

One of the computers stolen was in a different room from where the other thefts occurred, reports stated.

The employee told police several other computers being formatted in another room were untouched.

There were no signs of forced entry, reports stated.

University police arrested a skateboarder Tuesday morning on suspicion of providing false information to law enforcement.

Police spotted Mason Thomas Bumpus, 18, of the 700 block of South Kenyon Drive, jumping over the steps of the Marley building, 1145 E. Fourth St., on his skateboard, reports stated.

Police approached Bumpus and asked him for identification and advised him not to "hot dog" on campus, reports stated.

Bumpus, who told police he had no identification on him, said his name was John Thompson, reports stated.

Police ran a check on the name John Thompson to see if he had ever been warned for trespassing on campus. As they were waiting, Bumpus told the officer that his friends were about to leave and that he had to go, reports stated.

He was advised by the officer to stay, but Bumpus took off running. The officer caught up to him moments later, grabbed him by the arm and told him to sit on a nearby curb, reports stated.

Bumpus told the officer his real name and was then arrested on suspicion of providing false information to law enforcement.

The officer searched Bumpus' wallet and found an Arizona driver license with his correct name. He was then taken to Pima County Jail where he was cited and released by Pre-Trial Services, reports stated.

A student reported to police Tuesday evening someone tampering with the Internet access on her computer.

The student told police she first noticed something strange Monday, when she was trying to log off Netscape Navigator. She said that although a screen popped up that said she had other users on her computer, she dismissed the occurrence, police reports stated.

When the student went to log onto Netscape Navigator Tuesday, she realized that the icon she used was gone, and in its place was an icon for a word processing program, reports stated.

The student told police her Internet service is through her father's business, and she is worried that someone may now have access to her social security number and PIN number. She was planning on having the computer repaired Wednesday, reports stated.

University police arrested a man on suspicion of drunk driving early Saturday morning after he bashed his car into the back of a pickup truck, police reports stated.

Police were turning south onto North Euclid Avenue from East Speedway Boulevard when they noticed a gray 1984 Datsun drive by at a high speed, reports stated.

Police followed the car and saw the driver, Frank J. Barone, 30, of the 1500 block of North Mohave Road, was speeding and swerving through traffic, reports stated.

As the car reached the intersection of Speedway Boulevard and North Mountain Avenue, the driver ran into the back of a Ford pickup truck, reports stated.

Police asked the drivers of the Datsun and the truck if they were injured, and both answered "no."

As Barone was getting out of his car, police noticed an unopened 12-pack of beer on the passenger side floor, which police photographed and disposed of, reports stated.

Police gave Barone a breath test at the scene, which registered blood-alcohol content readings of .133 percent and .122 percent.

Barone was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .10, unsafe lane changes, speeding and failure to show proof of insurance.

Barone was cited, released and taken home by taxi, reports stated.

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

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