Police Beat

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A 1979 Toyota Cressida caught fire in the Second Street Garage, 1340 E. Second St., Sunday in what is believed to be arson, officials said.

Police responded to the garage at 9:56 p.m. and found flames coming out of the passenger compartment through the windows, which were open about an inch.

An officer broke one of the car's windows and put out the flames with an extinguisher. The Tucson Fire Department then arrived and doused the smoldering car.

A Tucson Fire Department arson investigator determined that the burn patterns in the car suggested an open flame ignition, such as a burning match or lit piece of paper being dropped on the front seat.

The vehicle's owner was located and said he was upset that neither the police nor the Fire Department had no suspects or exact cause for the blaze. The car was towed to a storage lot.

A computer was stolen from the Arizona Health Sciences Center Medical Library sometime last week.

Sometime between Oct. 31 and last Thursday, a $1,345 Tangent 486DX-2 CPU was taken from a work station at the library, located at 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

An unknown person cut two cables to remove the computer from the work station, which is just out of sight of a 24-hour information desk.

About $2,100 worth of compact disks and $230 in other items were taken from outside an apartment at Corleone Apartments, 1330 N. Park Ave., Sunday.

The owner of the items was moving out of another apartment at the time. He had been staying in another apartment with two other people while he was moving.

While the owner was at a basketball game Sunday night, one of the apartment's occupants came home and put the items, including a pair of Reebok shoes, a Polo shirt and a black T-shirt, outside of the apartment.

The owner then returned at 9 p.m. and found the items missing.

A University of Arizona Police Department bicycle was stolen just feet away from the main police station, 1200 E. Lowell Ave., after a Community Service Officer left the bike unlocked early Sunday morning.

The CSO left the black and purple Trek 850 bicycle with a "police" bag on it unlocked on the station's west bike racks at midnight. When he returned at 7 a.m., the bike was gone.

The value of the bicycle is unknown.

Police were flagged down by two men Thursday night when the men said they planned to make a citizen's arrest on construction workers who they believed were making too much noise.

At 11:06 p.m., the males stopped two officers at the Arizona Health Sciences Center Cancer Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The men were requesting the arrest of several construction workers for "disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace."

The men had a tape recorder and cited "statutes and verses from Title 13 and some sovereign laws." They said they would be making a citizen's arrest and ordered the officers to assist them.

The construction workers agreed to stop working as the two men took pictures of the police officers. Officers then referred the men to contact the Arizona Building Association.

No arrests were made.

A Tucson woman was arrested Saturday after she ignored instructions from Parking and Transportation officials and drove through two barricades along the Homecoming parade route.

Police were dispatched to East Second Street and North Highland Avenue after a red Ford Taurus approached the intersection and began going east.

When the woman was told she could not proceed eastbound, she became "agitated and argumentative." She then "took off" and went through the two barricades, damaging one of them. She continued to her destination a short distance away where she was blocked by a Parking and Transportation vehicle.

Police arrived and arrested Linda A. Spencer, 42, of the 2000 block of East Connor Strav. She was released after being cited for criminal damage under $250 and failure to obey a traffic control device.

The damage to the barricade is valued at $37.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.

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