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Monday November 27, 2000

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By Kristopher Califano

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A juvenile male was arrested Saturday morning after stealing a set of walkie-talkies from a UA building, reports stated.

A security guard at the UofA Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd., saw a male take two walkie-talkies off of a shelf and put them into his pants. He also took several batteries out of their packages and put them in his jacket pocket.

The security guard detained the male outside the store and called police. Officers spoke with the male in the office of the bookstore. He told the police that he was visiting the campus with his French class and his friend encouraged him to take the two walkie-talkies.

The male planned on giving one of the walkie-talkies to his friend and using the batteries to operate them.

Police viewed the surveillance videotape and confirmed that the male who stole the bookstore property was the detained juvenile. Officers photographed the stolen goods and placed the pictures into UAPD evidence. The security guard told officers that he would have his supervisor review the tape, check company policy and submit the tape into UAPD property as evidence, reports stated.

The male was charged with suspicion of shoplifting and released to his mother.

Three UA students were placed into the diversion program Friday night after police saw them drinking alcohol in public, reports stated.

Officers on patrol saw three women at 1430 E. Second St., who looked underage, holding beer cans. Police spoke to Lauren Bennet, of the 900 block of East Fifth Street, Carlene Berry and Emily Dabner, both of the 1400 block of East Fifth Street.

All women were 18-years-old and were holding open beer cans. There were also some unopened beer cans next to them. Police made the women dump out their alcohol. The students were placed in to the Dean of Students diversion program on suspicion of alcohol violations, reports stated.

A student called police Monday night after his vehicle was vandalized outside his residency, reports stated.

The student parked his car outside of the La Paz Residence Hall, 602 N. Cherry Ave., Sunday evening. When he returned the next day he noticed that the car's grill was cracked and his halogen running lights were missing.

He told police that he does not know the value of the grill, but the lights, which are on the car's underbelly were worth about $30. Officers gave the student a report number in case the student had any more information to report.

A student called police Monday afternoon after his vehicle was damaged while parked at the UA campus, reports stated.

The student told officers that he parked his car Monday morning at 435 N. Fremont Ave. When he returned to his Dodge Neon at 4 p.m. he noticed that his car was damaged. The student's rear view mirror was ripped off and missing.

Officer arrived at the scene and spoke with the student. They were unable to find the rear view mirror and did not take photographs or fingerprint the vehicle.

There are no suspects and no witnesses at this time.

A student went to the UAPD station Monday afternoon after her purse was stolen from her residency, reports stated.

The student told officers that she went into her room at 12:30 a.m. in the Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St. She went to sleep as soon as she got into the room. When she woke up 10 hours later, her purse as gone. She told police that she did not lock the door to her dorm room. The student's roommate was out of town during the incident. The student shares a bathroom with another person, who was not in her room that night.

There was a wallet, credit cards, bank cards, personal identification, keys to a car and a cellular phone in her purse. The student told officers that the purse was worth $300, the cellular phone cost $200 and the wallet was worth $45. The cost of the other items are unknown. There are no suspects or evidence at this time.

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