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    Police Beat: June 13

    Not “employee discount”

    A temporary UA employee was arrested on June 4 at 5:05 p.m. at the UofA Bookstore. Bookstore security called the University of Arizona Police Department and officers immediately arrived on the scene and spoke with security. The bookstore security officer informed UAPD that he saw the employee pick up a shirt and a black cap and continue to walk around. The security guard then said he saw the employee kneel down when he thought no one was around and put the items in his backpack. The security guard followed the employee and asked him to stop and return to the store. The UAPD officer spoke to the employee in the conference room. The officer stated in the report that the suspect was cooperative. The man told officers that he was a temporary custodial worker and it was his day off, but decided to come to the bookstore. He then told the officer he took the cap on impulse. The officer asked the suspect if he could check his bag. The suspect said yes and passed the bag across the table. The officer searched the bag and found no additional evidence. Before arresting the suspect, the officer conducted a search and found a UA lanyard in his back pocket, which the man said he had also taken. The officer placed the suspect in the back of the car and returned to the bookstore to get a receipt composed of a $24 baseball cap and a $6.99 lanyard for a total of $30.99 as well as a copy of the camera footage. Both the UA security guard and UAPD officer advised the suspect not to return to the bookstore. The security camera footage and the receipt were placed into UA Property and Evidence.

    Empty threats

    UAPD officers were dispatched to University Institute Technology Services on June 3 at 6:50 p.m. in response to a UA student yelling inside at employees. Officers arrived on the scene and took the UA student outside away from the employees. One of the officers spoke with a student employee for UITS. The employee told officers that the student called the UITS building and was very argumentative over Internet connection problems. The student employee informed the officer that the student hung up and arrived 20 minutes later at the UITS building. The student was yelling and threatened the student employee, saying that he was going to break his car windows, as well as all other car windows in the parking lot. The student employee asked the student to leave multiple times. When the student did not comply, the second officer spoke to the suspect and asked him if he had threatened the student employee. The suspect replied, “Yes, I threatened to break car windows, but was not going to act on the threat.” Officers noted in report that the suspect was extremely upset at the customer service that was provided over the phone. The student told the officers “I ran from my house to the UITS building to voice my frustration.” Officers referred the student to the Dean of Students office for a code of conduct violation. UAPD officers did not arrest the suspect but told him to leave the property immediately and not to return for the remainder of the day.

    Extreme fail

    UAPD made a dispatch call to find a blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo traveling from Interstate 10 for a hit-and-run collision. UAPD identified the vehicle and conducted a stop on Helen Street and Campbell Avenue on May 31 at 5:18 a.m. As officers approached the vehicle, they immediately smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the female driver’s breath. Officers conducted a field sobriety test, which determined that the woman had been drinking. The officer noted in the report that the her blood alcohol content was 0.18. She was arrested for failing to maintain lane control, extreme DUI of 0.15 or greater and hit-and-run. She was booked at the Pima County Jail and her vehicle was towed.

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