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Police Beat

By Holly Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 12, 2005
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Someone stole a $3,000 video projector from the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd., sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, reports stated.

A UA employee told police the projector was set up for a presentation and the person who was using the projector forgot to lock the door when he left.

The employee said, "Whoever took the projector forgot to take the power cord, because they were still lying on the floor," reports stated.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.

A man was cited for trespassing Thursday after a UA employee found him sleeping on a toilet in the men's bathroom at Life Sciences South building, 1007 E. Lowell St., reports stated.

When police arrived around 11 a.m. they found the man in a stall on the third floor. Police yelled at the man to wake him up.

The man said he was just using the restroom, reports stated.

A records check showed the man was previously given multiple warnings for trespassing.

The employee said he had been having trouble with theft and homeless people in the building. The employee said he wasn't sure if the man was involved.

The man was released, reports stated.

There was smoke coming from a room in the Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Thursday, reports stated.

When police arrived around 1 p.m. an employee said the smoke was coming from a room that is used for experiments.

Tucson Fire Department went into the room. Water had boiled over on an experiment causing a motor to overheat, reports stated.

The fire department said the incident was not a hazard.

There was no damage to the room, reports stated.

A father offered a UA employee millions of dollars for information about his son Thursday afternoon at the Administration building, 1401 E. University Blvd., reports stated.

The father went into the employee's office and said his son had been kicked out of school. The father said his son was very depressed.

The father told the employee his son was mad at a UA professor and the father said he wanted to know why.

The employee explained the FERPA laws to the man and said she could not release any information about the son because it violated protection laws, reports stated.

The father then offered to donate between $1 million to $5 million.

The employee said she told the father to have his son sign a release form so that he could get the information.

The father said, "I don't want to do anything that I'll or you will regret," reports stated.

The employee told police the conversation had made her feel uncomfortable.

Police tried to contact the father but were unable to, reports stated.

An exit arm in the Second Street Parking Garage, 815 E. Second St., came down on the front of a woman's bumper Thursday afternoon, reports stated.

The woman told police that she had been trying to exit when the wooden exit arm hit her front bumper.

There was a scrape on the woman's front bumper.

Police took pictures of the damage that were placed into evidence, reports stated.

A student lost her $80 women's mountain bike sometime between Wednesday and Thursday while it was parked at Navajo-Pinal Residence Hall, 1511 E. Sixth St., reports stated.

The student said she had locked her bike with a chain lock around 9 p.m. Wednesday and returned around 12:30 a.m. Thursday to find the bike gone.

Police have no suspects or witnesses, report stated.

A man was cited for drug possession early Thursday morning after police pulled the man over for having no taillights, reports stated.

Police noticed the Chevy truck with no taillights around 1 a.m. Police ran the license plate and saw the Chevy was associated with thefts and threats to a convenience store.

The records check also showed that the owner of the Chevy had numerous contacts with police and was associated with gang affiliation.

The man told police they could search him. When the man stepped out of the truck police smelled marijuana, reports stated.

Police noticed something in the man's back pocket and asked what it was. The man said it was just some papers.

Police asked the man if he had any marijuana in his back pocket and he said just a little, reports stated.

When police took the two baggies from the man, he said, "It's my birthday, man - now what am I gonna smoke?"

The man and the passenger were released to Tucson Police Department so they could follow up on the incident with the convenience store.

The marijuana was placed into evidence, reports stated.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resume can be found at

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