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Police Beat

By Ty Young
Arizona Summer Wildcat
Monday August 25, 2003

A Tucson man was arrested for theft and criminal trespass after he was seen stealing a bicycle at the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd., reports stated.

UAPD responded to the scene when witnesses observed the man tampering with a bicycle locked up at the SUMC. He responded to the witnesses, saying something to the effect of, "What do you think, I'm trying to steal it or something? It's my girlfriend's bike," reports stated.

Witnesses reported that the man was using bolt cutters on the bike lock and that he tried to hide them when he noticed that they were looking, reports stated.

Witnesses then reported the event to UAPD after they saw the man riding the bicycle away from the scene. An officer found a man matching the witnesses' descriptions riding toward him in front of the Science and Engineering Library, 744 N. Highland Ave., reports stated.

After the officer requested twice for the man to dismount the bicycle, the officer physically restrained him and handcuffed him while he waited for other officers to arrive, reports stated.

The man also said a man named Ricky and a woman named Carmen offered $30 to steal them, reports stated.

The man was previously questioned and released on March 27 after he was seen tampering with a locked bicycle at the UA Chemistry building. Officers were not able to charge the man at that time due to lack of evidence, reports stated.

A Tucson man was arrested for three counts of DUI, following a multiple car accident at the intersection of North First Avenue and East Grant Road on Aug. 17, reports stated.

He was also charged with failure to obey lane direction markings, failure to drive on the right side of the road, failure to control his vehicle to avoid an accident, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident, reports stated.

The accident was caused when the man, traveling westbound on East Grant Road lost control of his silver sport utility vehicle while driving through the intersection in the left-turn only lane. He swerved into oncoming traffic when he saw two cars in the opposing left-turn only lane. The man struck the driver-side headlight and bumper of the first car and clipped the back of the second vehicle, reports stated.

None of the parties involved in the accident were injured.

After administering sobriety tests, the arresting officer brought the man back to UAPD headquarters to administer a Breathalyzer test. The man blew a .224 on the first test with a descending blood alcohol content on further tests, reports stated.

Following detention at UAPD for the Breathalyzer test, the man was released.

A UA student reported that his car was burglarized after he left it parked for three weeks on the second floor of the Main Gate Parking Structure, 815 E. Second St., reports stated.

The student arrived at his 2003 BMW on Aug. 18 to find the driver-side window completely smashed and his Alpine V12 speaker amplifier, Sony radio/CD player and car speakers removed from the car. There was also damage to the trunk lock, but it was not opened, reports


Police were unable to lift prints from the vehicle and suggested that the student report the serial numbers of the stolen items to UAPD.

A UA employee reported that the front bumper of a university truck was stolen while parked in a 22nd Street warehouse at 1145 S. Warren Rd., reports stated.

The truck, a 1996 Dodge Ram 3500, was intact when it was dropped off and secured for the weekend on Aug. 15. When the employee returned on Aug. 18, he noticed that the bumper was missing. He immediately reported the theft to UAPD, reports stated.

The lot, used for vehicle auction and impoundment, provides uncontrolled access to the general public during normal working hours and during auctions, reports


Police have no suspects or witnesses.

A UA student reported that her car was vandalized on Aug. 17 while parked on the east side of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority house, 1775 E. First St., reports stated.

The student parked her gray 1991 Volvo on Aug. 16 and returned the next evening to find the windshield and rear passenger window shattered. The front driver-side window was also smashed as if a hard object was thrown at it, reports stated.

There was no evidence of entry or theft of objects from the vehicle, reports stated.

Police reported no witnesses or suspects.

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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