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By Blake Smith
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
June 21, 2000
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Arizona Summer Wildcat

University police arrested a UA student Friday for attempting to steal sunglasses from the U of A Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd., police reports stated.

Lawrence Tkalych, 37, of the 900 block of West Orange Grove Road, was arrested after store security officers witnessed him select sunglasses from the rack and conceal them with his hands and wallet, reports stated.

Tkalych then walked up to the cash register to purchase a book that he had also picked up.

When Tkalych set the book down, the cashier asked him at least three times if he wanted to purchase any other items besides the book.

He responded "no" and proceeded to pay for only the book with his credit card.

Store security apprehended Tkalych as he began to leave the cash register area.

Tkalych stated in the report that he had no intention of paying for the sunglasses and that he was going to return them.

He was cited and released at the scene.


UAPD responded to Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall, 922 E. Fourth St., Friday after a UA student reported an assault.

At about 7:30 p.m., the female student was walking southbound on North Tyndall Avenue near East University Boulevard, when two men approached her and claimed that they were palm readers.

One of the suspects then pushed the woman into the other suspect, who hugged her and kissed her on the lips, reports stated.

According to reports, she was then let go by the suspects.

The woman told officers that she was not pushed hard but that she felt trapped and was unable to avoid it, reports stated.

The suspects were not apprehended, but the woman said that she could identify the men if she saw them again.

Officers requested that a detective follow-up on the incident to create a composite drawing.


A Tucson man was arrested Sunday morning for reckless driving after a UAPD officer noticed him "riding a wheelie" at a high rate of speed, reports stated.

The patrol officer was parked at the corner of East Speedway Boulevard and North Euclid Avenue when he spotted Walter Gipson, 19, of the 8800 block of North Oracle Road, driving a motorcycle recklessly westbound on Speedway, reports stated.

When the officer finally caught up to Gipson at Speedway and North Stone Avenue, the man applied the front brake on the vehicle, causing the rear wheel to lift off of the ground.

After conducting the traffic stop, the man was cited and released at the scene.


A UA employee called university police Friday to report a burglary from a UA building and unauthorized computer usage, reports stated.

The employee reported that an unknown person used research computers to access the Internet at the Emil W. Haury Anthropology building, 1009 E. South Campus Drive, reports stated.

The person referenced various Web sites, including some pornographic sites.

By looking at the computer log in the recycling bin of the computer, the employee was able to determine that unauthorized usage took place on April 9 and June 6.

Upon discovery of the computer usage, the employee also discovered $200 worth of CD-Roms missing from a locked drawer that the computer was sitting on. The disks were last seen in April.

Police have no suspect information.


UAPD received a call Friday from a UA employee who reported that she had received six phone calls from a man demanding that someone date his dinosaur bones, reports stated.

The employee said that the subject had called her between June 14 and June 16, but refused to give his name or phone number, reports stated.

According to reports, the caller became progressively louder and angrier over the course of the phone calls.

The employee said that the man hung up each time that she asked for his name or phone number, reports stated.

The employee told officers that the caller accused her of lying and being stupid, reports stated.

Officers told the woman to call UAPD if the calls persisted and to try utilizing the "*57" caller-identification feature available on-campus.

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

Blake Smith can be reached at Blake.Smith@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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