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    Police Beat: October 3

    Suspicious spending

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the Optical Sciences building on Sept. 27 in response to a report of credit card fraud.

    When the officer arrived he spoke with a UA employee who said she had received a phone call the day before from her bank saying suspicious charges were issued to her UA purchasing card.

    The charges were fraudulent, coming from, totaling $696.95. The employee said the card, which is only in her name, had been in her purse and in her possession at all times.

    Prior to the officer’s arrival, she contacted the purchasing card office and deactivated her card. There are no suspects at this time.

    Broad daylight burn-down

    A UAPD officer reported three men smoking marijuana at the tables under the west end of Arizona Stadium at 6:35 p.m. on Sept. 27. As he approached the table, one of the men removed something from its surface, dropped it on the ground and stepped on it.

    The officer called for back-up, and when they arrived, one of the officers asked what the man had taken off the table. The man picked up a glass pipe and set it on the table. The three men identified themselves and denied smoking marijuana or even having it in their possession.

    Each of the men had raised, green-tinted taste buds. The men emptied their pockets onto the table, but one of the men, as he was removing an item, quickly grabbed it and put it back in his front pocket. When the officer asked what it was, the man pulled out a small marijuana scale.

    After asking to search their backpacks, the officers found an orange prescription bottle containing marijuana residue and one of the bags smelled of marijuana. Another backpack contained 16.1 grams of marijuana in a small bag.

    The man with the bag of marijuana was cited and released for possession of marijuana and the other two were cited and released for possession of paraphernalia. The officers placed the marijuana, pipe, scale and bottle into evidence.

    Sticky fingers get the Butterfinger

    A UAPD officer responded to the Park Student Union in response to a shoplifting incident in progress at 7:36 p.m. on Sept. 27. When the officer arrived at the scene, UAPD dispatch said the subject had left the Park Avenue Market, and was headed toward the volleyball courts, where officers lost sight of the person.

    The officer spoke with the market employee who was watching the security camera and observed a Caucasian man in the northwest section of the store by the candy bars. With him were three other Caucasian men, all wearing dark shirts and plaid shorts.

    In the footage, one of the men took an item off the shelf and placed it into the front left pocket of his jeans. Afterward, all three walked down another aisle, past the cash registers and exited the store without paying for the item.

    The officer with a second employee who saw the subject take the item. She was in the back room at the time but noticed the incident on the security camera.

    She said the male subject seemed a little “suspicious” so she continued to watch him. Other officers circulated the area where the subject was last seen and neither of the store employees had the authority to go back and review the camera footage, so they advised their store manager who could provide a copy of the footage the following morning.

    Bad day gets worse after MIP

    A UAPD officer was dispatched to a possible fight at 10:39 p.m. on Sept. 27. When the officer arrived at the scene, he spoke with a UA student who said he had been drinking because he had a “really bad day.”

    He had a fake Ohio driver’s license in his possession with a 1990 birthday. The subject admitted to using the driver’s license to purchase alcohol in the past, but didn’t say where he obtained the license.

    He said that he had been drinking Corona beer at his friend’s fraternity house earlier that night, but didn’t use his fake license to purchase the alcohol. The officer noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the subject’s person, how emotional the subject was and that he had a hard time standing up straight or speaking clearly.

    The second subject admitted to drinking alcohol at the same location his friend had been drinking, the Beta Tau fraternity.

    Both subjects were cited and released for possession of spirituous liquor in body, and the first subject was also cited and released for misrepresenting age to purchase alcohol.

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