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Police Beat

By David Halperin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday Feb. 27, 2002

A woman was arrested Monday for theft and disorderly conduct and for causing a disturbance at a campus residence hall, reports stated.

At about 11 a.m., police met with a Cafe Sonora employee at the Student Union, 1303 E. University Blvd.

The employee said that 10 minutes earlier a woman had come into the store and ordered a chimichanga that cost $2.70.

When she went to pay for the food, she dropped about 70 cents on the counter, grabbed the chimichanga off the tray and walked out of the building. The employee approached the woman outside and tried to explain to her that she did not pay enough for the chimichanga, but she continued to walk away.

The employee described the woman to officers and said if he saw her again, he would like to prosecute, reports stated.

At about 1 p.m., police went to the lobby of Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall, 922 E. Fourth St., in response to a report of a woman matching the description of the chimichanga thief who was creating a disturbance.

The reporting student told police she came into the lobby and started going through some cardboard boxes full of donated clothing for a charity. The student told the woman she could not have the clothes.

She asked if she could get a drink, and the student said she could, but would then have to leave. The woman yelled, "What the fuck are you doing here; do you know what the fuck you are doing?" reports stated.

When police arrived, an officer recognized - from earlier cases - the woman as Virginia Johnson, 49, of a general delivery address. Police described what happened earlier at the Student Union, and Johnson denied having been in the building or eating a chimichanga.

Police brought the Cafe Sonora employee to Johnson's location, and he positively identified her as the chimichanga thief, reports stated.

Johnson was then placed under arrest for theft and disorderly conduct.

While at the University of Arizona Police Department filling out a booking sheet and citation, Johnson said she had been in the Student Union but had purchased an egg roll for 75 cents.

Johnson was informed she was no longer allowed to enter the Student Union, and if found in the building, she would be subject to arrest for trespassing.

She was taken to Pima County Jail and booked, reports stated.

Employees saw a suspicious man Monday at the Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., and linked him to two thefts from employees, reports stated.

At 3:15 p.m., police went to the Arizona Cancer Center and interviewed two employees. One said she left a room on the third floor at about 12:15 p.m., leaving her purse on a desk and the door unlocked.

She returned 30 minutes later and discovered a wallet and a change purse were taken from inside the purse.

She asked other employees if they had seen anyone in the area, and the other employee said she had seen a man in the area at about 12:40 p.m.

The employee later described the man to police and told officers she did not recognize him as an employee and that he appeared to be lost.

The wallet and change purse, with the money removed, were later found in a men's restroom.

At about 3:50 p.m., police returned to the Arizona Cancer Center and met with two employees on the fourth floor.

One of the employees told officers she left her office at 1 p.m., leaving her wallet inside her jacket hanging on the back of the door, and the door unlocked. Five minutes later, she saw the suspicious man in the hallway, and later discovered her wallet was missing.

The other employee told police that at about 1 p.m., she caught the man looking through a desk.

She asked the man what he was doing, and he said, "looking for a phone book." As he left the room, he said, "You don't look like you believe me," reports stated.

The man then went into an elevator and left the building. Nothing was taken from the desk he had been searching.

All of the employees gave similar descriptions of the man. Police have requested that detectives meet with the employees in order to draw a composite sketch of the suspect, reports stated.

A student reported two trophies stolen from a fraternity house Sunday and said he suspects they were stolen as a prank by a sorority house, reports stated.

The student told officers the trophies were stolen between 8 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house, 1525 E. Drachman St.

The student told officers he suspects a sorority prank may have been the reason for the theft and that he believes the trophies will soon be returned.

The student said the trophies did not have much value.

There are no suspects or witnesses, reports stated.

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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