Police Beat

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Delta Tau Delta fraternity house, 1550 N. Vine Ave., was vandalized early Sunday.

A member of the house called police at about 4:20 a.m. and reported hearing a noise at the front door. When he went out to investigate, the door was ripped from the hinges and spray-painted. The member also saw a female standing at the door. The member said the female asked him how to fix the door.

The member then saw three male suspects run southbound on North Vine Avenue, and began to give chase.

When police arrived, members of Delta Tau Delta reported seeing three males around a silver Toyota pickup truck parked in front of the Sigma Phi Epsilon house, 1420 N. Vine Ave., and felt they may have been the people who vandalized the door.

After checking the license plate on the truck, police contacted the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The president, however, did not recognize the name of the registered owner nor did he know who drove the truck. Two members of the house identified the truck as belonging to a friend who was visiting, and said the three of them were around the vehicle to look at its stereo. All three gave similar accounts of seeing two white males running south on Vine.

The males consented to a search of the truck and their room. No evidence of vandalism was found.

A student reported his bike stolen from the racks on the west side of McKale Center Tuesday.

The student said he locked his green Cannondale M-200 mountain bike to a rack with a cable lock at 12 p.m. When he returned around 5 p.m., the bike and lock were gone. They are valued at $520.

Another student reported the theft of her Schwinn Breezer woman's bicycle Monday.

The victim said she used a U-lock to secure her bicycle to a rack on the north side of Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall, 910 E. Fifth St., around 4 p.m. Friday. When she returned at 12 p.m. Monday, the bike was gone.

The bike is described as red with white lettering. It is "old-looking" and has a fat seat with springs. The bike and lock are valued at $70.

A 22-year-old man was arrested after an officer saw him driving erratically.

Desean A. Bruce, of the 1600 block of North Amber Brook Road, was stopped by police Monday at approximately 11:32 p.m.

An officer observed the brown Buick Bruce was driving make a wide westbound turn onto East Sixth Street from Park Avenue. The vehicle was going less than 5 mph as it rolled through a red light and made a wide northbound turn at North Euclid Avenue.

When the vehicle was stopped at Euclid and East Fourth Street, the driver opened his door and put his hands in the air. When an officer asked Bruce for his identification, Bruce said he did not have his license with him and gave the officer a false name. A strong odor of alcohol was coming from his breath.

When asked, Bruce said he drank one beer and told the officer he was 18 years old. After taking field sobriety tests, he was arrested for minor operating a vehicle with liquor in the body.

During booking, Bruce began to sign his real name and then crossed it out. A computer check verified Bruce's name and actual age.

The charge of minor operating a vehicle with liquor in the body was dropped and there was not enough evidence to charge him with DUI. Bruce was charged with false reporting to a police officer and failure to provide proof of identity. He also was cited on civil traffic charges of straddling the lane divider and no license in possession.

Bruce was transported to Pima County Jail.

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

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