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    Police Beat: Sept. 15

    Birthday party goes wrong

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the top of the Sixth Street Parking Garage on Sept. 10 at 2:47 a.m. in reference to a report of three or four male subjects quietly huddling together at the southeast corner of the structure. Upon arrival, police observed three males standing together, and as officers exited the patrol vehicle, they could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the men. Officers were able to locate the source of the odor behind a wall, but were unable to recover a sufficient amount of marijuana to charge the men with possession. One man admitted to police that he had a water bottle full of rum in his backpack. He also told police this was the first time he and his friends had done anything like this and that they were celebrating because it was his birthday. All three men were referred to the Dean of Students Office for Student Diversion for the possession of narcotic paraphernalia. The student with the rum in his backpack also had the charge of minor in possession of spirituous liquor added to his diversion. An unused cigar was also taken from the men and placed into police property as evidence. All three men were released on scene.

    Crystal meth cyclist steals wheel, bike

    UAPD officers went to the area around Sixth Street and Highland Avenue on Sept. 10 at 7:46 a.m. in reference to a report of a man riding a bicycle while dragging another bike behind him. At 7:49 a.m., officers were able to locate a man matching the description given and spoke with him. He identified himself with an Arizona driver’s license. Police then began questioning him about the bicycles. According to the man, he took the Magna bicycle “”by Circle K, at the stadium”” at approximately 7:35 a.m., by removing the front wheel, which he left locked to the rack. He then took a rear wheel from a Diamondback bicycle and attached it to the Magna bicycle he had taken. He then left the area on the stolen Magna bicycle, dragging his own Magna bicycle behind him. Police checked the serial numbers of all three bicycles for any reports of theft but were unable to find any. The man was placed into custody on two charges of theft and was searched for contraband. During the search, police removed an empty syringe, a green scrubbing pad, an orange BIC lighter and a green bag containing a crystal-like substance from the man. Police asked the man what was in the bag, to which he replied, “”You know what it is. It’s crystal meth.”” Police used a field test to confirm that a sample of the substance was methamphetamine. Police returned to the bike racks where the incident had occurred and were able to locate and photograph the front wheel of the Magna, still attached to the rack, as well as a Diamondback bicycle missing a rear wheel. The man was transported to Pima County Jail where he was booked on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and two counts of theft of less than $1,000.

    Twelve thousand pesos missing from wallet

    UAPD officers received a telephone call on Sept. 10 at 8:20 a.m. from a university employee who told them that her wallet had been stolen from the Education building. According to the employee, she had last seen her wallet on Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. and had not noticed it missing until Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. She told officers that on Sept. 9 at 12:30 p.m., she left her office for approximately 10 minutes. She left her wallet in her purse that was hanging on a coat rack behind a filing cabinet. She claimed that she had closed, but not locked, the door on her way out. When she returned she noticed the door was slightly ajar and suspected this as a possible time for the theft. The woman told police her wallet had contained 12,000 pesos (estimated at $967) and $24. She also said she did not normally carry this much money, but had planned on sending the money to relatives in Guaymas, Mexico who had been affected by a recent hurricane. The woman then told police that when she had returned to work on Sept. 10, she had found the wallet on her desk, along with a note from Building Services explaining that her wallet had been found in a trashcan in the third floor women’s restroom. According to police, the woman’s money and social security card were missing, but her CatCard and several credit and debit cards were not. The woman was issued a Victims Rights form and was advised to secure her office at all times in the future.

    Man steals remote for the thrill

    Officers responded to the UofA Bookstore on Sept. 10 at 10:20 a.m. in reference to a report of a male shoplifter. Upon arrival, officers met with the bookstore employee who reported the incident who then pointed out a man standing in line for the registers. Police watched as the man paid for several items and then left the store. Officers contacted the man outside of the store and asked him if he had paid for everything in his possession. The man replied that he had not, at which point officers escorted him back into the store and into a conference room for questioning. According to police, them man had a Turning Tech remote classroom response device in his possession, valued at $53.50, that he did not have a receipt for. He did have a receipt for the $169 worth of products he had paid for at the register before leaving the store. Police asked the man why he took the remote and he told them, “”because of the adrenaline.”” Police cited the man on charges of shoplifting and he was released on scene. The bookstore was issued a Victims Rights form.

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