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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday Feb. 19, 2002

Police did not arrest a Tucson man on campus Sunday after they learned two warrants were issued for his arrest, reports stated.

Officers were on bike patrol near the Dermatology building, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., when they noticed an odor of burnt marijuana. They saw two males in the car and noticed that the odor became stronger as they approached the vehicle.

Officers spoke to the 17-year-old driver after they saw him put something under his seat, reports stated.

The juvenile and the passenger got out of the car and continued speaking with police. Officers performed a background check on both males and learned that the passenger had two warrants issued for his arrest. The man could not be arrested for the warrants, however, because the University of Arizona Police Department was short on manpower, reports stated.

The driver did not consent to a search of his car, but police saw a partially rolled joint on the driver-side floorboard and then looked through the vehicle, reports stated. They confiscated the joint and a small baggie containing 3.9 grams of a substance they said was believed to be marijuana, reports stated.

"I won't lie to you. I was smoking marijuana," the 17-year-old told police, reports stated.

The male was cited and released on suspicion of unlawful possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, reports stated.

The marijuana and joint were taken to UAPD and placed into evidence.

Two men smashed a student's truck window Sunday near a campus building, reports stated.

A student saw the men walking around Alpha Epsilon Pi, 1510 N. Vine Ave., at 4:23 p.m. He told officers they were wandering around and looked as if they were lost or looking for someone, reports stated.

He heard a loud noise and saw that the men had broken the passenger side window of his friend's pickup truck, reports stated.

The student went inside to get help and then followed the men to their car, before they drove off. He told officers that both men were in their late teens, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and one was heavy-set while one was thin, reports stated.

He told officers the make and plate number of the vehicle.

The owner did not know the value of the broken window, but told police that no items were stolen from the car.

A student's car has been repeatedly vandalized near campus, reports stated.

The student told officers he noticed the first scratches on his hood Feb. 3 and had seen other scratches as recent as Sunday, reports stated.

He said that some of the scratches happened when he was parked at the Harshbarger building, 1133 E. North Campus Drive, and some have occurred when he was parked at a near-campus apartment complex.

He told police that not all the scratches happened on campus, but he thought he should report it. Officers said that if the vandalism continues off-campus, he should call the Tucson Police Department, reports stated.

A student and a Tucson man chased four license plate thieves around campus Sunday, reports stated.

The Tucsonan parked his car at a campus lot at 930 N. Warren Ave. before visiting a friend at the Theta Tau Fraternity house, 1030 N. Martin Ave.

The student saw four men standing near his vehicle at 1:30 a.m. He thought they looked suspicious when they were standing near the back end of the car near his license plate, reports stated.

He went inside to get a friend and then got into his car and followed the men, who had stolen the plate and gotten into a pickup truck. They followed the truck for several blocks but eventually lost sight of it. The man told police that all the men were well-dressed, but he couldn't describe them more because it was dark outside when he saw them.

Officers registered that the man's plate had been stolen, reports stated.

A student's CatCard was stolen Feb. 11 from a campus residence hall, reports stated.

The student told officers that he left the card after doing laundry in the basement of the Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall, 940 E. Fourth St. He last saw the card at 10:45 p.m., but when he returned to the washers at midnight, the card was gone.

It has not been turned into the residence hall's lost and found, reports stated.

There are no suspects or witnesses.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resumÄ can be found at


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