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Police Beat

By Arek Sarkissian II
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday March 25, 2003

A UA employee called police March 17 after someone stole his truck from a campus lot. Another employee called the same day to report significant damage to the locks and ignition of his truck, which was parked in the same lot, reports stated.

Both employees parked their pick-up trucks at about 6:45 a.m. in the lot at 1151 N. Vine Ave., but when one returned just before noon, his silver Ford pick-up was gone, reports stated.

When the other employee returned about eight hours later, the locks on the driver and passenger side doors on his red Ford pickup were missing, reports stated.

The locks on the red Ford were apparently removed or pushed inside the door panel, and the ignition and steering column were also damaged, reports stated. There was no broken glass in the area where the silver pickup was parked, and police couldn't find any fingerprints in the red truck, reports stated. The owner of the red truck told police that he would press charges if they find a suspect, reports stated.

A university golf cart valued at more than $4,900 was reported stolen on March 17 from a gated area behind a campus building, reports stated.

An employee at the orientation department inside the Nugent building, 1212 E. University Blvd., told police he last saw the cart secured in a locked fenced area behind the building on March 14. When he returned over the weekend, the cart and the padlock that secured the gate were gone, reports stated. The employee told police there was only one key for both the lock and the cart, which were still in the office when he arrived. The cart has University of Arizona decals on both the front and back and seats four people. An attempt to locate call was placed, which alerts officers that a cart fitting its description may be stolen.

An employee called police on March 17 after his university-owned truck was damaged over the weekend.

The employee told police he last saw the dodge pick-up in tact when he parked it in a lot near the Biological Sciences East building, 1330 E. South Campus Drive, on March 15. When he returned the next day, both taillights on the truck were smashed, with the broken pieces lying on the ground around the truck, reports stated. Police have no suspects.

A bag of clothes were found March 16 in a campus garage.

Police were doing a routine security check of the Main Gate Garage when they found a plastic bag filled with clothes on the second level, reports stated. Neither the bag nor the clothes held any indication of who owned them. A further check found that the bag wasn't stolen from any vehicles in the garage. The bag and clothes were placed into evidence as found property.

Police were called to a campus residence hall after a smoke detector was activated.

A basement smoke sensor that was set off activated the fire alarm system in Colonia De La Paz Residence Hall. Tucson Fire Department was called to the scene. They found that steam from a malfunctioning valve set the sensor off, reports stated. After the Tucson Fire Department turned the building back over to the university, facilities management and fire safety came in for further inspection, reports stated. Officers were asked to turn the fire alarms off. They were also reset.

A Tucson man was cited and released for littering after officers saw him urinating in the street.

Officers were northbound on North Park Avenue when they noticed a man at East Eighth Street and North Park Avenue urinating. When officers asked the man what he was doing, he told them he was, "taking a piss," reports stated. A check of his criminal record found the man had three warrants held by Tucson Police Department.

A Tucson man was told to find another ride home on March 17 after a routine traffic stop revealed he was driving on a suspended licensee. The man was pulled over at East Sixth Street and North Santa Rita for improper lights on his pick-up truck when a check on his license revealed that the Tempe City Court suspended it, reports stated. The man was cited for driving on a suspended license. He was told to call a friend for a ride home.

A Tucson man was arrested for DUI on the morning of March 16 after UAPD officers participating in the DUI taskforce noticed him speeding well over the limit.

The 19-year-old man was driving on East Speedway Boulevard at 55 mph, 20 miles over the posted speed limit, when officers first noticed him, reports stated. The man then turned onto North Tucson Boulevard when the passenger side of his 1983 Chrysler hopped the curb, reports stated.

The man, who was reportedly in poor appearance, told officers he didn't know he was traveling over the speed limit. When officers asked whether he had been drinking, he told them he only had one beer, reports stated. After officers asked him to get out of the car, he told them he had two, reports stated. After taking field sobriety tests, the man was arrested for driving under the influence, driving with a blood alcohol limit of .08 or more, and minor in possession of alcohol while driving, reports stated. A Breathalyzer test at University of Arizona Police Department headquarters revealed the man had a blood-alcohol content of about .10, reports stated. He was booked into Pima County Jail.

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