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Police Beat

By Devin Simmons
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday March 13, 2003

A Tucson man was arrested after he attempted to snatch a purse in the Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tuesday, reports stated.

An employee in the center told police she left the door to her office unlocked while she briefly visited an adjacent office. When she returned she saw a man with his back turned to her rummaging through her purse, reports stated.

The woman asked the man what he was doing, and he told her that he was tying his shoe. When the man turned around, the woman noticed that his shoes did not have laces, reports stated.

The man attempted to leave the office, but the woman and her co-workers kept him there until security officers arrived to detain him, reports stated.

Police found a black Olympus digital camera in the employee's office that she said did not belong to her and was not in her office when she stepped out. Police found the camera's owner and returned it later, reports stated.

The man told police that he wasn't trying to steal anything, but he had missed a bus and was in the building looking for a phonebook so he could call Viva Burrito.

Two other women at the scene identified the man to police as the same one that had stolen their purses over a year ago, reports stated.

Police arrested the man on charges of attempted theft, second-degree criminal trespassing, assault and false reporting to a law enforcement officer. He was taken to Pre-Trial Services, reports stated.

A UA employee called police after he discovered a racial epithet carved into a classroom door Tuesday, reports stated.

Police responded to the Babcock Inn, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd., where the phrase "Fuck Sandniggas" had been carved into the door of a critical language classroom. The employee told police that this was the first vandalism incident of this nature that he knew of in the building, reports stated.

Facilities Management was called to repair the door.

A Tucson man contacted police after a female friend harassed him via an instant message while he checked his e-mail in the Integrated Learning Center, 1510 E. University Blvd., Tuesday, reports stated.

The man told police that the person harassing him was a woman he met over the Internet. Her messages contained phrases such as "Fuck off" and other expletives, reports stated.

The man told police that he and the woman had never fought before and was unsure why she was hostile, but he became frightened when she told him that she is bipolar. The man also appeared concerned because the woman had been to his house and knew where he lived, reports stated.

Two women called UAPD after a former girlfriend attempted to "hack" into both their computers Tuesday, reports stated.

One of the women was speaking with the ex-girlfriend over an instant messenger program when the suspect told her, "I got you know," reports stated.

The woman was then warned by a Black Ice protection system she had installed that someone was attempting to access her computer, reports stated.

The system determined that the attempted access was coming from a computer in the UA library. From a previous conversation, the woman knew that the suspect had been in the library, so she assumed it was she and called police, reports stated.

Three officers went to the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd., but they did not find anyone matching the suspect's description, reports stated.

An hour later, a second woman called police and told them someone had attempted to access her computer, too. Her computer also traced the attempted access back to the UA library, reports stated.

The second woman told police that the suspect was mad at her for breaking up with her and was trying to get back at her, reports stated.

A UA student was threatened in a parking lot on North Cherry Avenue and East University Boulevard, behind the Visitor Center, Tuesday, reports stated.

The student circled the lot waiting for a spot to open up, but when one did, a blue Nissan Maxima that had been parked in a handicapped spot tried to take it before her, reports stated.

A female passenger in the Maxima got out and walked over to the student's car, telling her that if she tried to park there she would be sorry. The student rolled up her window and pulled into the spot anyway, locking her doors and waiting until the female and her companion left the scene, reports stated.

The student contacted police because she was concerned they would attempt to damage her vehicle; however, the Maxima left before police arrived, 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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