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By Kristopher Califano

Arizona Daily Wildcat

University Police officers arrested two males early Wednesday morning at a campus residence hall for pulling a false fire alarm, police reports stated.

Officers responded to Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St. concerning a disturbance call.

The Coronado hall director informed police that the fire alarm on the west wing of the third floor was pulled.

After reviewing surveillance footage, the hall director told police that two male students - one of whom was 17 years old - and Ryan Polinski, 18, pulled the alarm. Both students live in Coronado Residence Hall.

Officers reviewed the surveillance videos and determined that the 17-year-old and Polinski pulled the alarm, reports stated.

Later that morning, officers visited each of the two Coronado residents.

Polinski admitted he participated in pulling the alarms, reports stated.

"I covered the camera, I thought it was funny at the time," Polinski told police.

The 17-year-old denied pulling the fire alarm and refused to answer other questions, reports stated.

Polinski was referred to the Dean of Students on a charge of interfering with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution.

The 17-year-old was arrested on a charge of interfering with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution. He was taken to Pima County Juvenile Detention Center where his mother was called, reports stated.

A UA student's cellular phone was stolen outside a campus residence hall last Thursday.

A female student told police her Nokia 6150 cellular phone was missing on Wednesday.

The student left the phone, valued at $200, on a bench near the entrance of Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St. The student returned to the bench shortly after and noticed the phone was gone, reports stated.

The female student called the cellular phone number, but no one answered, reports stated.

Police advised the student to cancel the cellular phone service. Police have no suspects at this time.

University police arrested a Tucson man on suspicion of driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance Wednesday evening at North Euclid Avenue and East Second Street, reports stated.

Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision involving Pablo Rodriguez, 27, of the 10th block of West Lee Street. Rodriguez was rear-ended while he was stopped at a crosswalk, facing north on East Second Street, reports stated.

Rodriguez reported no injuries, while the driver of the other vehicle told police that he hit his head on the headrest of the driver's seat. Both drivers refused medical attention, reports stated.

After questioning Rodriquez about the accident officers requested that he produce proof of insurance. Rodriquez was unable to provide any proof of insurance and was arrested and charged with suspicion of driving with a suspended license and driving with out insurance.

Rodriquez was cited and released.

University police responded to a lost wallet report Wednesday afternoon at a campus building, reports stated.

A UA student contacted police after he lost the wallet at the Robert L. Nugent building, 1212 E. University Blvd. The student's black wallet contained a California Driver's License, a debit card and a UA Cat Card.

University police verified the list of missing contents with the UA student and made a report.

Police arrested a Tucson man early Wednesday morning at the corner of East Speedway Boulevard and North Campbell Avenue after police learned the man had three existing warrants, reports stated.

UAPD assisted two Tucson police officers who were with Richard Costa, 46, of a general delivery address.

After three warrants were confirmed for Costa - two from Tucson Police Department, and one from UAPD - officers arrested him.

Costa was taken to Pima County Jail and booked on two charges of failure to appear in court for a prior drinking in public charge, and one for criminal trespassing in the third degree, reports stated.

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

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