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Policebeat

By Kristopher Califano
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday January 24, 2003

A UA student was cited Sunday morning after he allegedly told police he had been drinking alcohol underage and that he recently came back from Germany, where he said he "drank enough for a lifetime," reports stated.

Police were driving west through an alley near East First Street and North Cherry Avenue when they saw the student holding a silver can, reports stated.

When the student saw the police he tried to hide the can on the other side of his body, out of view of the officers, reports stated.

Police stopped the student and saw that he was holding an opened and cold beer can.

The student informed police that he was underage, and the officers at the scene noticed that he smelled like alcohol, slurred his speech and needed police to repeat several questions while speaking with him, reports stated.

The student told the officers that he got the beer from his room and had consumed "a few beers" since 11 p.m.

He was cited and released on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol.


A campus vending machine was vandalized sometime before 6 a.m. Wednesday, reports stated.

A Pepsi Cola Bottling Company employee told police that the soda machine's bill acceptor had been damaged.

Officers arrived at the scene, the Integrated Learning Center, 1500 E. University Blvd., and pried open the bill acceptor. There was $46 left in the acceptor. Police don't know if any money was removed from the machine during the vandalism, reports stated.

Officers placed the bill acceptor and money into property at the UAPD. There are no suspects and no witnesses.

Police informed Pepsi about the theft and told them where and when they could pick up the money and bill acceptor, reports stated.


A UA employee found a rugby ball inside a campus garage Wednesday, reports stated.

The employee turned in the ball after he found it just after 1 p.m. inside the Cherry Avenue Garage, 1641 E. Enke St. Nobody has claimed ownership of the ball, reports stated.


A construction company's truck was stolen Sunday from the spot where it was parked, reports stated.

An employee from Sun Valley Masonry told UAPD that his company truck was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition near the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd., reports stated.

The employee was 10 feet away from the truck, except for a 10-minute period when he was 50 feet away, reports stated.

The value of the truck is unknown, but the vehicle did contain approximately $2,500 worth of masonry equipment. There are no suspects and no witnesses at this time, reports stated.

The employee believes the truck was stolen sometime between 9 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. The company will give police the specific vehicle information at a later date, reports stated.


A UA student's fraternity-house room was broken into over winter break, reports stated.

The Pi Kappa Alpha member told police that he left for break on Dec. 15, and when he returned Jan. 12, $1,000 worth of computer equipment and his checkbook had been stolen.

Police did not find any evidence of forced entry, but the student said that the door didn't lock properly and a credit card could be used to unlock the door, reports stated.

The student's mother called police and told them that someone unsuccessfully had attempted to cash several of her son's checks, reports stated.

Police spoke with the only fraternity member who was living at the house, located at 1528 E. Drachman St., over break. He said he did not see anything suspicious, reports stated.

There are no suspects and no witnesses.


Someone turned a red sweater into police Wednesday night, reports stated.

An unknown person approached an officer near East Sixth Street and National Championship Drive and handed over the sweater. Officers don't know who lost the red sweater.

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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