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By Kristopher Califano

Arizona Daily Wildcat

University police arrested a Tucson man last night at North Campbell Avenue and East Grant Street on suspicion of possessing marijuana, charges relating to possessing a weapon, driving on a suspended license, and having three active warrants issued for his arrest, reports stated.

Officers were on patrol at North Campbell Avenue and East Helen Street when they saw a truck traveling north at a high rate of speed on North Campbell Avenue. Officers began to follow the vehicle when they saw the truck swerve across the lane lines twice. Police performed a traffic stop at North Campbell Avenue and East Grant Street.

When police approached the vehicle they noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana.

Officers asked him for his driver license. The man told officers that he left it at home. When officers asked for the man's age and name, he gave a fictitious name and birth date.

Police told the man that if he continued to lie he would be arrested. The man then gave his real name.

Alfonso Coronado, 24, of the 4600 block of South Calle Jon Avenue told officers that he was lying because he had warrants issued for his arrest.

Police searched the vehicle and recovered 12.2 grams of a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, and a semi-automatic handgun with 25 rounds, reports stated.

Coronado told officers that his friend borrowed the vehicle earlier that day. He couldn't produce his friend's name or phone number.

When police performed a background check on Coronado they learned that the handgun was reported stolen, and Coronado had three misdemeanor warrants and one felony warrant for his arrest.

The misdemeanor warrants were for unlawful possession of marijuana, failing to appear in court for possession of marijuana, and failing to appear in court for a suspended driver license, reports stated.

Coronado was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended driver license, unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor, theft of a weapon, and having three warrants issued for his arrest, reports stated. Coronado was transported and booked into Pima County Jail.

Police responded to a campus building Tuesday morning after two vending machines were vandalized, reports stated.

A UA student called police Tuesday morning after he noticed that both Pepsi and Hershey vending machines had been vandalized outside of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering building, 1130 N. Mountain Ave.

The UA student told police that he didn't see anyone suspicious in the area.

When officers inspected the Pepsi machines they saw coins scattered and several cans of soda still in the machine. They also saw that a hole had been drilled to the left of the locking mechanism. The lock was taken, and the cover to the change box was lying against a wall near by the machine, reports stated.

The compartment that held the dollar bills was not noticeably damaged, and there were no dollar bills missing. The Hershey machine had been damaged in a similar manner.

Both the Pepsi and Hershey companies were contacted concerning the damages. A UA security guard watched the machines until a Pepsi representative responded to the scene.

There are no suspects at this time.

A UA employee reported damage to a campus building Monday morning, reports stated.

The employee told officers that when she arrived at work she noticed a large boulder lying on the porch of the Integrative Medicine building, 1249 N. Mountain Ave.

She told officers that the boulder caused a large dent in the security door. The employee said that she did not notice the boulder, or the damage to the door when she left the building Friday morning.

There are no suspects at this time.

A UA student called police after she noticed that her hubcaps were missing from her vehicle, reports stated.

She told police that her vehicle was parked at Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. 5th St. The four hubcaps were all stock hubcaps from the dealership, reports stated.

There are no suspects and no evidence at this time.

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