Police Beat

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Police escorted a man out of the Student Union Building, 1303 E. University Blvd., Sunday after receiving complaints that the man was "scaring people."

When police arrived at 7:08 p.m., a building coordinator told officers that the man was making loud noises and disturbing people in the Union. The coordinator said the man already had been approached by employees three times during the weekend.

Officers entered the men's restroom on the basement level, and heard "loud, violent sneezing noises" coming from one of the stalls. The man in the stall then began talking to himself, although officers could not comprehend what was being said.

Police then walked the man out of the building and warned him that he could be arrested for trespassing if he returned.

When the man turned away from the officer, he began making loud sneezing noises again, saying they were a symptom of his hay fever.

Thirteen tanks of nitrous oxide were stolen from a caged area at Purchasing and Stores, 603 N. Mountain Ave., sometime between Nov. 10 and Nov. 14.

The blue tanks, which are about 2.5 feet tall and contain 6 pounds of nitrous oxide each, were in a locked exterior storage area that only two employees have access to. The lock on the gate was cut.

Because the gated area is visible from UAPD headquarters, all patrol teams were advised to periodically check the area when patrolling. The tanks, used by University Medical Center and Pima Community College dental programs, are valued at $1,100.

An employee at Gallagher Theatre in the Student Union called police Saturday night when he discovered people were using counterfeit admission passes to get into the theater.

The doorman said that at about 9:20 p.m., he noticed the use of at least three "Gallagher Theatre Discount Cards" with the number 359. The writing on the cards also had a heavier outline.

The doorman confiscated one of the cards and asked the bearer for identification.

Each use of the card is valued at $1.50. Police are investigating.

Police arrested a Tucson man early Saturday morning after he walked into East Speedway Boulevard, causing traffic to stop abruptly.

John Moses, 36, of the 600 block of East Second Street, was arrested for obstructing a public highway and booked into Pima County Jail.

At 2:04 a.m., an officer observed Moses walking along the north side of Speedway Boulevard. The man was staggering and screaming profanities at passing cars. As westbound traffic passed, Moses raised his fist and screamed at passing cars, according to police reports.

Moses then crossed Speedway and stopped in the middle of the street, causing all three lanes of eastbound traffic to stop as he continued to raise his arms and scream.

Moses then stepped onto the curb, but as traffic started moving, he went back into the lane, causing a vehicle to stop abruptly. He then went to a nearby restaurant and pulled on the locked doors, screaming for employees to let him in.

When Moses saw the officer approaching him, he told the officer, "Cuff me and take me to jail." When the officer asked Moses why he was obstructing traffic, Moses became verbally abusive and denied crossing Speedway.

Moses was told he was under arrest for obstructing a public highway. Police gave Moses a citation, but he refused to sign a promise to appear. Instead, he told the officer, "Take me to jail." Police then transported Moses to Pima County Jail, where he was booked.

Police arrested two students for disorderly conduct Friday night after a fight broke out at the Student Recreation Center, 1400 E. Sixth St.

Both men, Jing Xu, 24, of the 700 block of East Sixth Street, and Chris S. Kohara, 18, of Foster City, Calif., were arrested for disorderly conduct and released at the scene.

A woman who reported her car stolen Friday evening later realized that she simply had forgotten where she had parked.

At 6:31 p.m., the woman called police to report the theft of her 1985 Dodge Daytona coupe.

The woman told police even though she normally parks her vehicle on the third level of the Second Street garage, she parked the car on the second level of the garage at 3 p.m.

When she returned to the garage at 6 p.m., she said the vehicle was gone. No broken glass or other evidence was found in the area.

Later that night, at 11:35 p.m., an officer was patrolling the garage when he noticed the missing vehicle parked on the ground level. Police called the owner, who said she apparently forgot where she had parked.

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

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