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Police Beat: November 4

The Pen Thief

A woman was arrested for shoplifting from the UA Bookstore on Oct. 20.

A University of Arizona Police Department officer was dispatched to the Harvill building in reference to a woman who would not stop for loss prevention staff.

The officer located the woman and a staff member outside of the building. The loss prevention employee informed the officer she had taken several packs of pens and exited the store without payment. He said he believed she hid the items in a women’s restroom in Harvill.

The woman was read her Miranda rights, and she said she understood and agreed to answer the officer’s questions.

The officer asked for her account of what happened at the bookstore. She said she picked up a few packs of pens, walked around in the store and put the pens down in the clothing area. She consented to a search of her backpack, in which no pens were located.

The loss prevention officer said she was seen outside the store with the pens. Another officer arrived and located three pen packages in a restroom trashcan.

The woman admitted to taking the pens and said she did so because she didn’t have her credit card to pay for them.

She was arrested for shoplifting and was advised not to return to the bookstore or could be cited for trespassing.

Apples to apples

Two UAPD officers were dispatched to the Árbol de la Vida Residence Hall on Oct. 22 in reference to an odor of marijuana coming from a room.

The officers met with the resident assistant who said he was walking in the courtyard and could smell the odor of burning marijuana. He said as he looked around, he noticed someone looking through the window blinds of a room.

He walked up to the hallway of that room where he found the smell coming from the door frame. The smell was also noticeable when the officer walked to the room’s door frame.

The officer knocked on the door, and a woman who said she was a resident of the room answered. There was another woman sitting down, who said she was also a resident.

Upon entering the room, the officer could still smell the marijuana odor. The officer told the woman who answered the door he was there because of the smell. He asked her if there was marijuana in the room, and she said yes. She reached into her trashcan and pulled out a clear plastic baggie containing marijuana.

The officer asked the other resident of the room if she had any marijuana, and she said, “No.” The officer read the woman who answered the door her Miranda rights, and she said she understood. She told the officer she was the only one who smoked marijuana and not her roommate. She admitted to smoking marijuana in the room by using an apple.

The officer asked where the apple was, and she said it was in the trashcan. The officer found a red apple with a hole poked into the side of it and a hole poked into the top to use as the bowl. There was burnt and unburnt marijuana residue inside.

The woman was informed she was being diverted to the Dean of Students Office for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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