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    Police Beat: April 7

    Men found with ‘medicinal’ marijuana

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the Tyndall Avenue Parking Garage on Friday at 11:34 p.m. after someone reported that the smell of marijuana was coming from the top level.

    The officer found five men standing near the southeast staircase on the top level of the garage and could smell burning marijuana.

    The officer had the men sit against a wall while he searched the area. He found three small cigars with burnt marijuana inside.

    The men admitted to the officer that had been smoking the cigars before the officer arrived and that the marijuana was owned by all five of them.

    The officer also found an empty prescription pill bottle near the men, in which the marijuana had been. The bottle had a label from California that read for medicinal use only.

    All five men were arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana and were cited and released. The officer also filled out Code of Conduct referrals for the Dean of Students for each of the students.

    The 2.5 grams of marijuana and pill bottle were placed into UAPD property as evidence.

    Vigilante cab driver catches shoplifters

    A UAPD officer was flagged down in the parking lot of the Circle K at 977 E. Speedway Blvd. on Friday at 4:38 a.m. after a man said he saw another man in the process of stealing items from the store.

    A Yellow Cab taxi driver told the officer that he was inside Circle K and saw a man stealing food and stuffing it into his pockets.

    As the officer was talking with the cab driver, a man wearing a red Chicago Bulls jersey left the store matching the description the driver gave the officer.

    The man got inside a white Pontiac Grand Am parked at one of the gas pumps.

    As the man started to drive from the parking lot, the officer stopped him and saw that there were three other people in the car.

    The officer placed the man under arrest for shoplifting as he searched him. In the man’s pockets the officer found a container of Stax chips worth $1.99, a bag of Cheetos worth $1.98, a ham and cheese Lunchable worth $2.59 and Kraft cheese sticks worth $7.92.

    The officer did a records on the man, and two warrants from the Flagstaff City Court for obstructing court order and failure to comply were found along with a warrant from the Tucson Police Department for a violation of a promise to appear.

    The store clerk told the officer that one of the passengers in the car had been with the shoplifter and also tried to stuff a cold sandwich down the front of his pants but put the sandwich back after the cab driver spoke to him.

    The driver told the officer that he saw the man with the sandwich and said, “”I wouldn’t do that if I were you.””

    The passenger in the car was cited and released for shoplifting.

    After the warrants were confirmed, the man was transported to and booked into Pima County Jail.

    The car was also impounded because the driver did not have a valid driver’s license.

    Receipts for the items were taken and placed into property as evidence. Video surveillance of the store was also placed into evidence.

    Cellar Bistro, yo ho ho

    A UAPD officer was called to the Cellar Bistro at the Student Union Memorial Center on Friday at 1:57 a.m. after a police aide reported a suspicious man holding an unknown object under his sweatshirt.

    The police aide told the officer that man was holding the object under his sweatshirt with both hands and would not let go of it. He also kept looking around the area nervously.

    The officer asked the aide if he could see a gun or weapon and the aide said, “”I don’t know, it could be.””

    When the officer found the man, he asked him to show him his hands. The man took his left hand from his sweatshirt, but his right hand was still holding onto the object.

    The officer told the man to put both hands behind his head. The man hesitated and as he lifted his hands, the object began to fall and another officer grabbed the man’s hands.

    A 1.75 liter bottle, about three quarters full with Captain Morgan spiced rum, was found under his sweatshirt.

    The man did not have any identification on him and told the officer that he was under 21.

    The officer asked him if had drunk any of the alcohol from the bottle and he said, “”Yeah, almost half of the bottle.”” The officer could smell the alcohol on the man’s breath, and the man’s speech was slurred.

    The officer started to arrest the man for minor in possession of spirituous liquor and minor in possession in body, but the man said that he would not sign his citation.

    The man was then placed in handcuffs and transported to Pima County Jail and booked on all charges.

    A Code of Conduct referral was sent to the Dean of Students.

    Men admit to vodka shots

    A UAPD officer was called to the entrance of the Coronado Residence Hall on Friday at 1:29 a.m. after someone reported four disorderly men who appeared drunk.

    The officer spoke with each man individually.

    The first man told the officer that he not been drinking but then said, “”I’m not going to lie to (an) officer; I had some vodka at a small party off campus.””

    Another man told the officer that he had also had a few beers and vodka at the same party. He said he and two other men were visiting from California, and he did not know where the party was.

    The third man was a UA student and said, “”Truthfully, officer, I had a few shots of vodka.”” A Code of Conduct referral was sent to the Dean of Students for the man.

    The fourth man also admitted to having shots of vodka at the off-campus party.

    All four men were arrested for minor in possession and were cited and released.

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