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Police Beat

By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
March 22, 2000
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University police arrested a man Tuesday after observing him driving erratically, police reports stated.

An officer was on duty patrolling the area near East Eighth Street and North Park Avenue at about 2:22 a.m. when he saw Omahr Cox, 19, of the 2000 block of East 35th Street, weaving in and out of the lane he was driving in, reports stated.

The officer began to follow him and Cox stopped on a dirt sidewalk on East Eighth Street.

Police approached Cox in his 1978 Oldsmobile sedan and when an officer contacted him he immediately noticed the smell of alcohol from Cox, reports stated.

Cox admitted he had been drinking and that he knew he had outstanding warrants for his arrest, reports stated.

The officer asked him if he would submit to field sobriety tests and Cox said he would, reports stated.

After completing three of the tests, the officer transported Cox to UAPD Station, 1200 E. Lowell St., to administer breath tests.

Cox, whose speech was slurred and whose coordination was slow, became belligerent to officers at the station and refused to take the breath tests, reports stated.

He was transported to Pima County Jail where he continued to verbally harass officers and jail employees, reports stated.

When he was placed in a holding cell, he urinated in the cell, reports stated.

He was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to drive in one lane, no proof of insurance, knowingly displaying fictitious license plates and expired out-of-state vehicle registration.

He was booked into Pima County Jail.

UAPD officers arrested a man Monday after employees at the U of A Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd., watched him attempt to steal a textbook, reports stated.

A security guard at the bookstore said he noticed Mohammed Kianjah, 50, of Las Vegas, wandering through the bookstore for a couple of hours, reports stated.

The guard, who saved the surveillance video tape for police evidence, said he noticed Kianjah handling mechanical pencil lead refills, moving them to other shelves in the store and then walking toward the textbooks, reports stated.

He told police Kianjah was also looking through textbooks and then placing them in piles with other textbooks.

After wandering through the store for a while, Kianjah then took a textbook from its shelf and walked past cashiers with the book near his right leg, reports stated.

The guard said he saw Kianjah place the book in a backpack storage cubicle at the front of the store at about 2:42 p.m. and walk back into the store.

About two minutes later, Kianjah used a newspaper to hide the book and exited the store without paying for the $89.90 text, reports stated.

Another employee saw him leave and a security guard followed Kianjah and asked him to return to the store, reports stated.

When the guard told him he suspected him of shoplifting, Kianjah said he had to go to his car to get his credit card and was going to return to the store to pay for the book, reports stated.

The guard gave the surveillance tape to police and said he wanted to press charges for shoplifting.

Kianjah offered to pay double the cost of the book to make up what he called the "misunderstanding," reports stated.

Kianjah was cited on suspicion of shoplifting of less than $250 and booked into Pima County Jail.

A UA student contacted UAPD Monday after someone broke into his car and stole items from him, reports stated.

The man said he parked his car in a lot at North Fremont Avenue and East Lowell Street at about 8 a.m. Sunday and when he returned to it Monday at about 12:45 p.m., the rear vent window in his car was broken.

A Mumia 645 pro camera valued at an estimated $1,500 and a remote-controlled helicopter valued at an estimated $3,500 were stolen from the car, reports stated.

The items were jointly owned by the student and UA.

Fingerprints were found on the car, transferred to a fingerprint card and sent to a laboratory for testing.

A UA student called police Monday after someone broke into her car and stole items from her, reports stated.

The woman said she parked her 1988 Honda Prelude in a lot at 221 N. Highland Ave. at about 8:30 a.m. and when she returned at about 9:30 a.m., her driver side window was shattered.

Eleven compact discs valued at an estimated $100, a compact disc case valued at an estimated $30 and her apartment gate entry card were stolen, reports stated.

The shattered window is valued at an estimated $200, reports stated.

Because of rain that fell Monday, no fingerprints were found on the car.

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

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