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Police Beat

By Devin Simmons
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday January 21, 2003

A stereo was stolen from a Mitsubishi Eclipse last Wednesday at 1641 E. McKale Drive, reports stated.

A red GT Aggressor bike was stolen last Wednesday from 1200 S. Campus Drive, reports stated.

A black leather tri-fold wallet was stolen, along with its contents, last Wednesday on 1400 E. Sixth Street, reports stated.

Construction crews accidentally activated an alarm at 3:07 p.m. last Tuesday, on 527 N. National Championship Drive, reports stated.

Police responded to a burglary at 11:15 Wednesday morning at 906 W. First Street. Five award frames were stolen, but no arrests were made, reports stated.

Police assisted TPD K-9 unit officers at 5:41 Wednesday morning in searching the area of 4300 W. Grant Road for a suspect. The area was cleared, reports stated.

UAPD officers assisted MANTIS at 7:05 Wednesday morning in searching parcels suspected of containing narcotics at 1501 S. Cherrybell, reports stated.

A UA professor accused a former student of stealing nearly 80 educational tapes from the College of Education Annex on Jan. 9, reports stated.

The actual disappearance of the tapes, which are valued at an estimated $5,854, occurred sometime between May and December of 2000, reports stated.

Tucson Police Department robbery detectives are investigating three robberies that they believe are related.

On Dec. 6, 2002, an armed suspect confronted a 36-year-old male victim in the parking lot of the Motel 6, located at 960 S. Freeway Ave. The suspect demanded money and the victim refused. The suspect left the parking lot as a passenger in a newer model dark green Jeep Wrangler. As the Jeep left the parking lot it struck the victim. The victim is continuing to recover from the serious injuries he received that night.

On Dec. 18, 2002, a second robbery occurred at the Tucson Mall. Minutes prior to this robbery the Pima County Sheriff's Department was investigating an attempted robbery at the El Corral Restaurant, in which the suspects were seen in a late model dark green Jeep Wrangler. Witnesses and the victim at the Tucson Mall provided officers with a description of suspects that matched the suspects' description in the Sheriff's Department case.

On Jan. 6, 2003, officers were called to a third robbery in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank located at Dodge and Grant Road. During this robbery, a 61-year-old male was confronted at gunpoint while the suspect demanded money. After the victim refused to give him money, the suspect shot him in the leg and left in the victim's car, a brown and tan 1985 Cadillac, with Arizona license plate number 907-CCX. Just prior to this robbery a second attempted robbery was reported to the Sheriff's Department from the El Corral Restaurant.

Detectives are currently looking for two vehicles that may be related to the suspects ÷ a late model dark green Jeep Wrangler with a tan top and an older model dark blue short-bed Chevrolet pick-up truck with chrome wheels and bumpers. In addition, officers are continuing with their efforts to locate the Jan. 6 victim's 1985 Cadillac.

Detectives have released two composite drawings they have obtained from a witness who was present at the Dec. 6 incident. Both drawings are available on the Tucson Police Department's Web site. The first drawing is of the armed suspect, and the second is of the driver of the Jeep.

Anyone having information relating to this case is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.


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