Police Beat

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Police ordered a vehicle to be towed Tuesday after its alarm went off "40 to 50 times" during the day and the owner could not be located.

Officers arrived at the corner of North Mountain Avenue and East North Campus Drive at 2:40 p.m. in response to a "disturbing the peace" call and found a tan Jeep Wrangler with its alarm activated.

Two employees from the Aerospace Engineering Building, 1247 E. North Campus Dr., said the alarm had gone off "40 to 50 times" since the morning and interrupted one of them while he tried to lecture a class.

There were already two separate notes left on the windshield, asking the driver to fix the alarm.

Police determined that the alarm was a motion sensor that goes off any time someone walks within 2 to 3 feet of the vehicle. Police were unable to locate the owner and had the vehicle towed to a storage lot after a message was left on the owner's voice mail.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, 1509 E. Second St., was cited for endangerment, assault and criminal nuisance Tuesday after unripe citrus fruits allegedly thrown from the roof of the house struck two state vehicles.

A Parking and Transportation employee notified police after he saw members throwing "oranges" from the front yard and roof of the house to other members on the northeast side of the Education Building.

The fruits hit two state vehicles but caused no damage. However, the employee would not leave his vehicle because he felt he would be hit by the flying fruit.

A custodial employee leaving the Education Building said he also feared he would be hit and quickly got into his vehicle.

Officers noted a strong odor of citrus in the area, and there were several unripe citrus fruits smashed and whole on sidewalks north of the Education Building.

Police cited the fraternity for the incident and suggested to the president and vice president that the responsible members contact University police so charges against the fraternity could be dropped and refiled against the members.

A portable gas-fueled generator was stolen from the construction site at 545 N. Fremont Ave. over the weekend. A construction worker called police Tuesday to report the $2,000 generator missing.

The generator was chained and padlocked to a light pole and in a fenced and locked area. The chains and locks were cut and left on the ground at the scene.

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

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