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Tuesday January 16, 2001

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By Jose Ceja

A UA employee called police Wednesday after a "good spirited" male left two fruit drinks and a non-threatening letter in a UA building, reports stated.

An employee at the Natural Resources Building, 520 N. Park Ave., said the unidentified male was not acting in a threatening manner and left the building voluntarily, reports stated.

Officers reviewed the letters and concluded they were non-threatening, "unintelligible jibberish," reports stated.

The employee said that the unidentified male had left non-threatening letters at the building before.

Police advised the employee to call police if the male returned with any more letters, reports stated.

Officers placed the letter into a folder for evidence, but the fruit drinks were not recovered, reports stated.


A Tucson man was arrested Wednesday for drug charges and outstanding warrants after attempting to run from police, reports stated.

Police dispatched to conduct a field interview at Circle K on East Sixth Street and North Cherry Avenue suspected Thomas Miller, of the 300 Block of North Park Ave., as having previous warrants for his arrest, reports stated.

When officers asked Miller for some identification, he replied that it was in his backpack, outside the store.

Miller then left the store and began running from officers, who ran after him through a residential yard, reports stated.

An officer then attempted to grab Miller by the hood of his sweatshirt but Miller slipped out of it and continued running, discarding the sweatshirt and a backpack, reports stated.

Officers finally apprehended Miller and discovered that he had two outstanding warrants through UAPD and one with TPD, reports stated.

Officers also found syringes and a bottle cap with an unknown residue, suspected to be marijuana, in the sweatshirt, reports stated.

Miller was arrested and taken to Pima County Jail, charged with suspicion of possession of paraphernalia, suspicion of criminal trespass and suspicion of possession of marijuana, reports stated.


A UA student called police Wednesday after he forgot his card in an ATM machine, which resulted in unauthorized withdrawals, reports stated.

The student withdrew money from a Compass Bank ATM machine, 1303 E. University Blvd., but forgot his ATM card inside the machine, reports stated.

When the student called his bank to report the loss, he discovered that $340 had been withdrawn, reports stated.

The student then called the bank to cancel the card, reports stated.

The student said he would call his bank and ask for the surveillance tapes, reports stated.

There are no witnesses or suspects at this time.


A UA employee called police Wednesday after a green picnic table and gas barbecue grill were stolen from UA property, reports stated.

The employee said she thinks that the items were stolen from the university property, 1330 E. Helen Street, on Dec. 22.

Police contacted the employee by phone and discovered that the items were not chained down, reports stated.

The green picnic table was valued at $275 and the barbecue grill was valued at $150, reports stated.

There are no witnesses or suspects at this time.


A UA student called police Wednesday after his bicycle was stolen from a UA building, reports stated.

The student said he left his bike outside the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, 1130 N. Mountain Ave., to go to class and when he returned, the bike was missing.

The student said he locked his bike with a chain and lock, reports stated.

The bike, a Specialized mountain bike was valued at an estimated $400 dollars, reports stated.

There are no witnesses or suspects at this time.


UAPD was contacted Wednesday after a UA employee noticed a broken window in a parking lot attendant booth, reports stated.

A sharp object, possibly a BB from an air rifle, broke the southwest window of a Zone One parking lot attendant booth at 1224 N. Martin Ave., reports stated.

The incident occurred sometime during the previous night, the employee told police.

There are no witnesses or suspects at this time.

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


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