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Police Beat: September 2

A Song of Vice and Fire
A non-UA affiliated man was arrested on charges of criminal damage, reckless burning and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A University of Arizona Police Department officer was performing routine checks of the bike racks north of the Coronado Residence Hall when he noticed a man wearing all black kneeling down in front of flames on the traffic island at the intersection of North Euclid Avenue and East Fifth Street.

According to the UAPD officer, the man was yelling and holding his hands over the fire, mimicking the flames. The officer then called the UAPD communications unit to see if any other officer in the area could respond. As he was doing so, he saw a white car pull up to the man who quickly got in the car and fled the scene. As the officer tried to track the car down to pull it over, he lost it when the man fled the car and started walking on campus.

The officer eventually found the man and pulled him aside to speak with him. The officer immediately read the man his Miranda Rights, and the man quickly said that he wanted an attorney. The man was arrested, and the UAPD officer searched his belongings to make sure there was nothing that could cause harm to others in his possession.

While searching the man’s belongings, the officer found a pill bottle with a metal smoking pipe that was used to smoke marijuana.
The man was arrested on charges of reckless burning and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Swiper, no swiping!
A non-UA affiliated man was caught shoplifting from the A-Store at Main Gate and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 4:50 p.m., a UAPD officer was dispatched to the A-Store after members of the loss prevention staff saw a man stealing a blue UA wallet, two lanyards and a money clip. According to the employees of the loss prevention staff, they approached the man and gave him the chance to turn in what he had taken, but the man denied taking anything. They then told him that they were going to get the UAPD involved if he did not give back the stolen items. He then replied, “do what you need to do; I didn’t take anything. I am in a hurry.”

After the man fled the scene, a UAPD officer stopped the vehicle he was in for a traffic stop. The officer told him to step out of the car, and the man complied.

The man said that he was trying on clothes in the store and must have forgotten that he put the wallet in his pocket. While he denied stealing anything else, the officer found a money clip, which the man said he did not remember taking.

The officer placed the man under arrest and found a pouch with what appeared to be heroin residue in his car. However, the man denied using it for heroin.

After a follow-up with the loss prevention staff, it appeared that the man did in fact steal a wallet, a money clip and the lanyards.
The man was charged with shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia, cited and released.

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