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Policebeat

By Kristopher Califano
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday February 20, 2003

A 75-year-old Tucson woman was arrested when she tried to steal a class ring from a display case on campus, reports stated.

An employee of the ASUA Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd., told police that she noticed the woman had a magazine in her hand, but was looking toward the Art Carved Rings display inside the bookstore. The 75-year-old walked over to the display, picked up a ring and stuck it in her pocket after the ring salesman left the display unattended, the bookstore employee told police, reports stated.

A security guard spotted the woman sitting on a couch near the northeast side of the store. The woman denied stealing the ring, but was later seen taking the ring out of her pocket and dropping it behind the couch cushion, reports stated.

"I don't know, I've never done something like this before," the woman told police when they asked what she was planing on doing with the ring, reports stated.

The sales manager from Art Carved Rings told officers that he left the ring display temporarily so he could look for a better location to set up his display. He said that he did not notice the theft, but does want to press charges reports stated.

Officers found the ring between the couch and some pillows. The woman was arrested and released on suspicion of shoplifting, reports stated.

Police photographed the woman and the ring before returning the jewelry to the Art Carved sales manager.

Officers told the woman never to return to the store or she could be cited for trespassing.


Somebody may have attempted to break into two campus rooms this week, reports stated.

A UA employee was unlocking a first floor room Tuesday at the Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building, 1118 E. Fourth St., when he noticed the tip of a saw blade broken off between the door and its frame. There were also scratch marks and paint chips on the door's lock.

The employee noticed that a door nearby was also damaged in the same way, reports stated.

He told police that the doors were not damaged Monday afternoon when he locked them up for the day. Each room contains approximately $10,000 worth of audiovisual equipment.

Police inspected the scene and noticed that between the two rooms there is a saw machine. Officers found a piece of a blade near the machine that seemed to fit together with the broken tip that was wedged in the door, reports stated.

The employee said that nothing was taken from the room and he doesn't know who would have tried to break into the rooms.

Police tried to dust the blade for fingerprints, but were unsuccessful. Officers photographed the damages and will use the pictures as evidence, reports stated.

There are no suspects and no witnesses, reports stated.


Somebody stole a UA student's backpack Monday from a campus building, reports stated.

The student said that she left her bag in the lobby of the Music building, 1017 N. Olive Road, for approximately 15 minutes. When she returned it was gone.

The bag contained a cellular phone, driver license, bankcards, her wallet, $7 and various textbooks. There are no suspects and no witnesses, reports stated.


Police arrested a UA student Tuesday after they learned he had an outstanding warrant, reports stated.

Officers pulled the 20-year-old man over at 10:35 a.m. after they saw him speeding near East Sixth Avenue and North Campbell Avenue, reports stated.

Police ran a background check and learned that he had a warrant for an alcohol violation. Officers parked and locked his car at a nearby gas station.

He was arrested on suspicion of having a warrant and taken to Pima County Jail, where he was later released, reports stated.

The student also received a traffic ticket for speeding.


A lost book bag will be returned to its owner thanks to a UA student's efforts.

The student found the bag Tuesday inside the Modern Languages building, 1423 E. University Blvd. She turned the bag and its contents over to police.

Officers found an instructional driving permit in the bag and called the owner. The owner said that she would pick the bag up at UAPD in the next few days.

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 www.uapd.arizona.edu.


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