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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 16, 1999
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Police arrested a Tucson man on suspicion of burglary early Friday morning after he took items from a fraternity house and placed them into his car, police reports stated.

A resident of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, 645 E. University Blvd., called police at 4:50 a.m. and said he had the suspect, Daniel Dyer, 24, in custody, reports stated.

Dyer, of the 600 block of North Pantano Road, told police he was a member of the fraternity in Pennsylvania and was "trying to make contact with his brothers," reports stated.

Officers believed Dyer was intoxicated. He told police he walked into the unlocked house and knocked on several members' doors to wake them up, reports stated.

Dyer allegedly removed trophies, plaques and pictures from a glass case in the fraternity's lobby to "teach them a lesson about locking doors," reports stated.

Dyer told police he took the "frat stuff" and placed it into his white Honda Accord. He also said he intended to return the items the next day, reports stated.

A fraternity member told police he did not know Dyer and could not verify his membership. He told officers he was sitting downstairs at 4:30 a.m. when he heard someone banging on the doors upstairs, reports stated.

The fraternity member said he went upstairs and confronted Dyer.

When police asked Dyer to participate in a recorded interview, he said, "hell no," reports stated.

Dyer was booked into Pima County Jail. The items were returned to the fraternity.

University police arrested a student on suspicion of drug paraphernalia possession Saturday evening after he admitted to having a bong in his room, police reports stated.

Jonathan M. Berger's roommate called police at 5:47 p.m. and told officers Berger, 19, was smoking marijuana from a three-foot bong with another student, reports stated.

Berger, of the 1300 block of North Park Avenue, denied smoking marijuana to police and asked to speak with his lawyer. Unable to contact his attorney, he agreed to answer officers' questions.

Berger told police he and his friend "pitched in to buy the bong," reports stated.

The friend admitted to an officer he was smoking marijuana with Berger, reports stated.

Police cited and released Berger. His friend was not cited, reports stated.

Police went to a university-area bar early Friday morning after someone reported a fight, police reports stated.

Officers went to Delissimos Daiquiri Ranch, 749 N. Park Ave., at 12:59 a.m., and found a student standing in the alley just south of the bar. The student was "engaged in a verbal confrontation" with a man on the other side of the alley, reports stated.

The student was bleeding from his nose and said the man struck him in the face outside the bar, reports stated.

Police told the other man to stop, but he fled around the corner and escaped.

The student told police he did not know the man and had not started the fight.

Police arrested a student on suspicion of underage drinking early Saturday morning after he told police he had "quite a bit" to drink, police reports stated.

Officers were flagged down by a female student at 1:35 a.m. at the intersection of East First Street and North Martin Avenue.

The student told police there were three intoxicated men "causing a disturbance," reports stated.

Officers spotted the three men running south and told them to stop.

Brian Smith, 18, of the 1500 block of East Sixth Street, stopped and spoke with police as the other two men continued to flee, reports stated.

Smith told police he was born in 1977, but only had his CatCard on him at the time, reports stated.

As Smith pulled out his CatCard, the officer noticed another ID in his wallet, reports stated. He handed over a California drivers license with a birth date of May 18, 1977.

The officer checked Smith's birth date through UAPD dispatch, and found it was May 18, 1980. The student told police a friend of his made the drivers license for him, reports stated.

Smith was cited for underage drinking and possession of fake identification and transported home.

A resident assistant called police Sunday night after he found a T-shirt on fire in a stairwell, police reports stated.

Officers went to La Paz Residence Hall, 602 N. Highland Ave., and spoke with the RA who put out the fire.

He said he was in the La Paz office at 8:20 p.m. when someone told him about the fire, reports stated.

The RA told officers he stomped on the burning shirt and then poured water on it.

There were no injuries or damage, reports stated.

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