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By Audrey DeAnda
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
September 2, 1999

University police went to a UA building early Tuesday morning after someone reported a suspicious vehicle parked outside, police reports stated.

Officers went to the Physics-Atmospheric Science building (PAS), 1118 E. Fourth St., at about 12:30 a.m. after a 1988 Toyota Tercel was reported parked in the loading dock area, reports stated.

Police arrived at the loading dock and found the vehicle parked with its rear door open, reports stated.

Officers noticed a computer and monitor in the back seat of the car with stickers indicating they belonged to the University of Arizona. Police also noticed that an exterior door to the building was propped open, reports stated.

After the officers arrived, a man walked out of the door carrying some mechanical devices and a bag containing a bottle of Glycerin, reports stated.

The man said he was a former employee who had recently been fired from his job in the PAS building. He said he was taking some of his property that was left in the building and returning some computer equipment that was at his home, reports stated.

According to reports, the former employee said he had permission from his supervisor to be in the building and showed police a UA staff identification from 96-97.

The man said he did not have a UA room privilege card, but he got into the building using a key that is passed among various employees. He said the key only opened the exterior doors and two rooms inside, reports stated.

Police could not contact the supervisor to verify the man's story so they took the key and computer equipment for "safekeeping," reports stated.

The officers told the former employee that he had to get his belongings from the building during regular business hours.

Police told the man he was not allowed in the building after hours without an employee privilege card and if he was found in the building again, he would be arrested for trespassing, reports stated.

A student was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he reportedly took a wallet from the U of A Bookstore.

Erik Schweikhardt, 18, of the 900 block of East Fourth Street, was spotted at the U of A Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd., at about 11:20 a.m.

A bookstore employee told police he saw Schweikhardt take a wallet, remove the tags, put it in his pocket and walk out of the store, reports stated.

Schweikhardt said he put his identification card and money inside the wallet to see if he would like it or not. He said he began to think about something else and accidentally put the wallet in his pocket, reports stated.

The student said he forgot he had the wallet in his pocket until bookstore security stopped him when he walked out the store, reports stated.

Schweikhardt was cited on suspicion of shoplifting and released at the scene.

A student was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he reportedly stole batteries from the U of A Bookstore.

Nathan Weisshaar, 19, of the 2000 block of East Speedway Boulevard, was spotted in the U of A Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd., taking a package of AAA-size batteries, reports stated.

The bookstore employee said he saw Weisshaar pick up a package of batteries, look around the store nervously and then walk downstairs to the textbook area, reports stated.

The employee said Weisshaar went to the general engineering textbook section, took the batteries out of the package, put them in his front pocket and then attempted to walk out of the store, reports stated.

When police asked Weisshaar what he was doing with the batteries, he said, "I was going to take them." When officers asked Weisshaar why, he said, "Because I don't have five bucks to spend on batteries so I can do my math homework," reports stated.

Weisshaar was cited on suspicion of shoplifting and released at the scene.

A student reported his bicycle missing Tuesday afternoon from a campus residence hall.

The student said he had parked his mountain bike at the south bike rack of the Navajo Residence Hall, 1557 E. Sixth St. at about 9:20 p.m. on Monday, reports stated

When the student returned to his bike the next morning, all that was left was the front tire with a U-lock still around it, reports stated.

The student said his roommate's bike was parked nearby and its front tire was missing, leading the student to believe that it was probably used to ride his bicycle away, reports stated.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports. Audrey DeAnda can be reached at Audrey.DeAnda@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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