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Police Beat

By Jesse Lewis
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, August 26, 2004
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A $941 Dell laptop was stolen from an office in the Steward Observatory, 933 N. Cherry Ave., Monday afternoon, reports stated.

An employee told police that while he was on his lunch break, his office was left open and the computer was unsecured, reports stated.

The employee had no idea who may have stolen his computer.

Because the computer was worth under $1,000, the serial number was not kept on record. Another employee in the department was going to contact Dell for a serial number.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.

Someone damaged the locks on three doors in the Louise Foucar Marshall Building, 845 N. Park Ave., and stole a $4,500 camcorder and lithium battery late last week, reports stated.

An employee said the equipment was in the building at 11 p.m. Thursday, but at 8 a.m. Friday it was gone.

Someone damaged the lock with an unknown instrument, making the door operable without a key.

The doors are not alarmed and cannot be accessed using a CatCard.

When an employee noticed the damage, he quickly inventoried the rooms and noticed the camcorder was gone, reports stated.

It is unknown which door was used to gain entry to the equipment. The camcorder was not in a secure container and was sitting out on a counter.

No evidence was recovered from the scene and the locks have been repaired.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.

A $3,000 espresso machine and $1,000 water softener were damaged Sunday night at the Step Back In Time coffee stand, 1103 E. Second St., reports stated.

The owner of the coffee stand said that everything was in working order when he left Sunday at 1:30 p.m. When he returned at 6:30 a.m. Monday, everything looked like it had been thrown around.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.

Video and telephone equipment worth almost $8,400 was stolen from a video conference room in the Arizona Health Sciences Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., over the weekend, reports stated.

A camera, lens and other equipment were missing from the room when employees came in at 8 a.m. Monday.

An employee told police that a trash can from the room had been moved into the men's bathroom. He believed that whoever stole the equipment must have put it in the can to leave inconspicuously, and then carried it out of the building, possibly in a bag, reports stated.

Police found a cardboard box for a video-conferencing monitor and a beer bottle in the trash can. The employee was unaware of whether a monitor had been stolen, reports stated.

Police tried to lift fingerprints from the bottle but were unable to remove anything that they could use, reports stated.

The employee told police the room is unlocked during regular business hours.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.

A woman reported her father missing to police Friday, reports stated.

The woman said TPD knew of the case and wanted her to make a report at UAPD.

The woman said it was unusual for her father, a UA custodian, not to call her or meet with her on the weekends.

A $450 John Deere tractor trailer was stolen from a commercial lot, 2001 E. Roger Road, the night of Aug. 18, reports stated.

A mechanic told police that the gate is secured every evening and there was no damage to it. He also found no damage to the perimeter fence, which is 6 feet tall and has barbed wire around its top, reports stated.

The mechanic also contacted other departments that might have borrowed the trailer, but could not locate it.

There were no tire tracks on the concrete where the trailer was parked. The mechanic could not provide a serial number for the item, but said that it had been purchased as federal government surplus and might have sticker on it indicating so, reports stated.

The trailer has an automatic dump and is designed to be used with a lawn tractor.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.

A student's Lexus containing a $500 set of golf clubs was stolen sometime Sunday from a parking lot at 1050 E. Eighth St., reports stated.

The student said he parked his car at 1 a.m. and when he returned at 3 p.m., it was gone.

The student said no one was allowed to drive the car except himself and his parents. Police did not see any broken glass at the scene.

Police have no suspects or witnesses.

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

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