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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
February 29, 2000
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University police chased a stolen vehicle that sped away from an attempted traffic stop Monday and arrested the vehicle's passenger, a 13-year-old boy, police reports stated.

The officer was at the intersection of East Second Street and North Park Avenue at about 1:06 a.m. when he saw the boy and his friend in a 1988 Suzuki Samurai come to an abrupt stop with tires squealing, reports stated.

The car stalled at the intersection and the driver began fidgeting nervously with the ignition, reports stated.

The officer decided to stop the car to talk to the driver about his speed but the vehicle started and the two boys sped off.

Police followed the car through an alley between East First and Second streets and the Samurai struck a metal "Newman Center Church" parking sign.

The vehicle then drove into the rear parking lot of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, 1432 E. Second Street, jumped a curb and came to a stop after striking a 1997 BMW.

The boy and the driver exited the vehicle and began to flee on foot.

The officer caught the boy and detained him until another officer arrived, reports stated.

The boy driving the vehicle continued to flee on foot and police did not find him.

A check of the Suzuki's license plate revealed it was reported to the Tucson Police Department as stolen from a bar and belonged to a UA student.

Police spoke with the 13-year-old passenger, who said his friend came to his house and said he would give him $10 to go with him in the car, reports stated.

The boy said he thought it was his friend's car because the keys were in the ignition, reports stated.

Police cited him on suspicion of resisting arrest, third degree burglary-auto and automobile theft and booked him into the Pima County Juvenile Court Center.

The UAPD contacted the UA student about the Samurai, which had a dent in its front bumper from the pursuit, and released the vehicle to him.

The BMW also belonged to a UA student and police contacted the owner about the incident.

A UA employee sent a fax message to the UAPD Friday after someone stole a computer system from a UA computer lab, reports stated.

The employee talked with police that day and said the computer was stolen from a lab in the Engineering building, 1127 E. North Campus Drive, between 7:30 a.m. Feb. 21 and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

He said the student monitoring the lab didn't set the alarm on the room when he left the night of Feb. 21, reports stated.

The Hewlett Packard Vectra computer, 15-inch Viewsonic monitor, keyboard and mouse are valued at an estimated $2,000.

The employee told the UAPD he would contact them with the serial numbers for the equipment.

Police spoke with a UA student Sunday after someone stole her backpack from the bed of her truck, reports stated.

She told police she parked her truck near the Landscape Architecture building, 1501 E. Speedway Blvd. at about 9 p.m. Saturday and realized she left the bag in the bed of the truck at about 6 a.m. Sunday.

The bag contained her Arizona drivers license, credit cards, CatCard, a sketchbook and art supplies, her checkbook, a UA library book and a camera.

She didn't see anyone near her truck when she left it and returned to it.

A UAPD officer went to a UA parking garage Sunday after a UA student called and said someone broke into her car and stole her stereo, reports stated.

The woman said she parked her car on the third floor of the Cherry garage, 1651 E. Enke Dr., at about 11 a.m. Thursday and when she returned to it at about 12:10 a.m. Sunday, her driver's door window was broken and her stereo was missing.

The compact disc player is valued at an estimated $350.

The officer did not find anything in the area that could have been used to break the window.

The woman's center dash console was also damaged when the compact disc player was stolen.

A UA student called UAPD Sunday after someone stole his bike from the backyard of his fraternity house, reports stated.

The man said he left the bike unlocked in the fenced backyard of Phi Delta Theta, 1745 E. Second St., at about 11 a.m. and when he returned to get the bike at about 5:30 p.m., it was gone.

He told police the bike was a gift and he spoke with his fraternity brothers about it and none of them knew about the theft.

The Specialized 21-speed bike is valued at an estimated $200.

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