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Thursday February 15, 2001

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Police Beat

By Rachel Schick

Arizona Daily Wildcat

An officer found a woman sleeping yesterday on the fourth floor of the UA medical library.

The woman, who was covered with a blanket and had her feet propped up on another chair, was informed by the officer that the Medical Library, 1350 N. Warren Ave., is not to a place to sleep or reside, reports stated.

The officer informed the woman that the UA police make routine checks of the campus buildings that are open to the public. When a person is found asleep, they are awakened to be sure they are not in need of medical attention and then checked to see if they have a legitimate purpose for using the facility for the purpose it is intended to be used, reports stated.

The woman was surrounded by books and said she was a traveling student and was very tired from studying, reports stated.

The woman also said her identification had been stolen from her while using the library, reports stated.

After verbally receiving the woman's name, the officer made a check through his radio and found the woman had a valid California identification card and no warrants, reports stated.

The woman said she would not make a theft report for her stolen items, reports stated.

The woman also said that she was employed by the university. However, when the police officer asked her where she worked, she would not answer, reports stated.

As the police officer attempted to explain why the university had the police check individuals using the facility, the woman became confrontational in a "polite" way, reports stated.

The woman said that she had observed the officer on other nights "hassle" only people of her race while other students were allowed to sleep, reports stated.

The officer ended the confrontation, so as not to escalate the situation, after trying to assure the woman that he did not single her out because of her race, reports stated.

A UA employee's tailgate was stolen yesterday off his truck.

The gray Chevrolet S10 pickup truck was parked in the lot on the 1000 block of East First Street along the wall of the UAPD vehicle compound, reports stated.

The employee told police that he last saw the tailgate at around 6:30 a.m. when he parked the truck in the lot, reports stated.

When he returned to the lot at around 5 p.m., the tailgate was missing, reports stated.

The employee said the tailgate was capable of being removed from the truck without any tools. He did not have any suspect information, reports stated.

A UA employee returned to her vehicle yesterday to find that it had been hit by another car.

The hit-and-run accident occurred between 8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Cherry Garage, 1641 N. Enke Drive, reports stated.

The employee returned at 11:30 a.m. to find a dent in the driver's side rear bumper, reports stated.

There is no suspect information at this time.

Two thousand dollars' worth of electronics was stolen from a vehicle parked yesterday at the UA.

A man said he parked his white Chevrolet truck between East University Boulevard and North Cherry Avenue at 9:30 a.m. and did not see anyone suspicious in the area, reports stated.

When he returned to his truck at 9:40 a.m., items that had been on the passenger seat of the vehicle were missing. There was no damage to his truck, reports stated.

Items included a M65R Witch Ditch brand receiver and a M65T Witch Ditch brand transmitter, each valued at $1,000, and a black bag, reports stated.

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