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Police Beat

By Rachel Schick

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Money from a Pepsi-Cola vending machine on the UA campus was stolen yesterday.

A UA employee who services the soda machine on the east side of the Visitors' Center, 1610 E. University Ave., said $150 in bills and change had been stolen from the machine. In addition, white graffiti lettering was on the machine, reports stated.

The reporting officer noticed no signs of forced entry into the machine. The employee thought a company key was used to open the machine because similar thefts had occurred at other locations with the use of a company key, reports stated.

The coin box had been taken from the machine along with the change. Dollar bills were taken from the bills box, but the box was left in its proper place. The estimated value of the stolen money was worth about six cases of soda, reports stated.

The officer did not attempt to retrieve finger print samples from the vending machine, reports stated.

A UA student's stereo system was stolen yesterday from his car while it was parked in a campus garage.

The student parked his silver Honda Civic on the second level of the Tyndall Garage, 880 E. Fourth St., at 1 a.m., reports stated.

He returned 12 hours later to find his car's right side window broken, items missing from inside the car and damage to the dash board, reports stated.

Stolen items included a Panasonic CD player valued at $269, custom 10-inch subwoofers valued at $250, a 400-watt acoustic amp valued at $200 and 70 CDs valued at $1,100, reports stated.

The reporting officer said entry to the car was made by breaking the right window with a flat tip screwdriver. Pry marks were apparent on the top rear part of the window frame, reports stated.

No finger prints were taken from the car because of the texture of the panels inside the car, and there were no prints on the window tint of the broken window, reports stated.

A UA student stopped her car yesterday when she heard a person scream outside.

The student was turning east onto East Fourth Street from North Highland Avenue at 12:50 p.m., reports stated.

The student said the scream had come from a woman she saw standing behind the passenger side rear fender of her car. The woman had said, "I hit my abdomen on my handlebars," reports stated.

The student then handed the woman her cellular phone so the woman could call someone for help. She also gave the woman her home phone number and license plate number, reports stated.

The student moved her car into the pay lot at the northeast corner of North Highland Avenue and East Fourth Street. When she returned to where the incident occurred she found the woman was gone along with the cellular phone, reports stated.

Attempts to call the student's cellular phone were unsuccessful. The student described the woman as around 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 150 pounds, having brown hair and wearing glasses. She also told police she would be willing to assist in prosecution for theft, reports stated.

The officer did not see any damage to the student's car, reports stated.

Several items were stolen yesterday from a UA student's car while it was parked in a campus garage.

The student parked his red Chrysler LeBaron on the second level of the Tyndall Garage, 880 E. Fourth St., at 3 a.m., reports stated.

The student told the reporting officer that someone had broken into his car, attempted to steal it and stole items from inside. The student said he found the driver's side door of his car unlocked and the trunk open when he returned at 8:00 that evening, reports stated.

The reporting officer discovered that the ignition to the car had been damaged and items were missing. How access was made to the inside of the car is unknown, reports stated.

The officer noticed that the ignition had been completely broken off and several pieces of it were lying on the floor of the vehicle, reports stated.

An apparent thumbprint was found on the outside of the driver's side window near the lower-right corner. In addition, finger smudges were found on the inside of the window behind where the thumbprint was, reports stated.

A second fingerprint was found on the inside of the passenger window, reports stated.

The student did not have any suspect information, reports stated.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records



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