Police Beat

By Jesse Lewis
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

An employee of the McKale Snack Bar, 1721 E. Enke Drive, was arrested Thursday around 2 p.m. for fraudulently using another student's CatCard number to make $94.99 worth of purchases at the snack bar, reports stated.

An employee of the store noticed the activity was going on when the owner of the card told the employee that his card had been charged while he was in Mexico for spring break, reports stated.

Most of the charges had been made when only one employee was working. When that employee arrived to work for the day, police took him aside to question him, reportsstated.

The officers asked the employee several times if he knew who had been charging the student's card, and he said no.

The officers told the employee that they knew everything and read him his rights. The student confessed that he had written down the customer's CatCard number while the customer wasn't looking, reports stated.

He then used the number for purchases, reports stated.

Police asked the employee if he had memorized or written down any other numbers, and he said, "This was the only one," reports stated.

The employee was cited and released for fraudulent use of a credit card. He told police he was a senior and would not be eligible for the diversion program because he had already been through the program for minor in possession of alcohol two years ago, reports stated.

The snack bar credited the money back to the student's CatCard.

A student fell down the stairs and hit his head Friday in Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., after drinking beer, reports stated.

The student left the building after he fell down the stairs, and police arrived at Coronado when the student returned.

They caught up with him in the elevator and asked if he needed medical attention. The student said he was fine, and police could smell alcohol on his breath, reports stated.

The student said he had five beers earlier in the evening. The officers told the student he could not be drinking and referred him to the Dean of Students Office for diversion, reports stated.

A white golf cart was found at 4 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot behind the Chi Phi fraternity house, 1104 E. Seventh St., reports stated.

A resident of the house said he had heard a commotion and voices coming from the lot and went out to see what was going on. He said he saw the golf cart parked on the south side of his truck, reports stated.

The student did not see anyone in the area.

The golf cart is registered to the UA, but no department could be specified, reports stated.

The golf cart was not damaged, and the officer drove it to the UAPD compound and secured it with a property tag, reports stated.

The officer notified a property and evidence technician and told him to release the golf cart to a responsible party with proper identification.

The technician said he would try to locate the cart's department, reports stated.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.

An employee of the Sarver Heart Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., received a threatening message on her answering machine from a colleague Thursday at 8 a.m., reports stated.

The employee had an ongoing conflict with the colleague since January, when the colleague drew the blood of one of the employee's patients.

The colleague was not speaking to the employee, but there was door slamming going on, reports stated.

The employee and another employee who shares the answering machine said the colleague was under psychiatric care and was transitioning to a new medication. They thought the incident could have triggered her outburst in the message, reports stated.

Police said the message was not criminally threatening, but the employees felt threatened by the message, reports stated.

The employees contacted their supervisors, who contacted the human resources department. Human resources said that the message was not threatening, reports stated.

The colleague had submitted her resignation, scheduled for July 2004.

Police told the employees to contact human resources to see if other arrangements could be made until the colleague resigned, reports stated.

The employee said she did not want to press charges.

A $3,000 espresso machine was damaged at the espresso stand on the south side of the Harvill building, 1103 E. Second St., sometime between Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 a.m., reports stated.

The owner of the machine said it looked as if someone had smashed the machine with a baseball bat and that it was not repairable, reports stated.

Nothing else in the stand was damaged.

Police have no suspects or witnesses, 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 www.uapd.arizona.edu.