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Police Beat: October 1

Can’t touch this

A non-UA affiliated juvenile was arrested for shoplifting more than $150 worth of merchandise from the UofA Bookstore on Wednesday. At 11:30 a.m., a University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the bookstore and was shown the direction of where the boy headed.

While the officer was on patrol he approached the boy. When the boy saw the police officer, he started to run toward South Campus Drive. He removed the green backpack he was wearing and continued running. The officer told the boy to stop and get on the ground. The boy refused and began running toward the ROTC basketball court screaming, “You can’t touch me.” The officer got out of the vehicle and began chasing the boy.

The officer asked three more times for the boy to get on the ground and he continued to refuse.

The officer then tackled the boy to the ground and turned him on his stomach.

The boy refused to answer any of the officer’s questions and said, “I just wanted to draw on some coloring books.”

The officer told him he was under arrest for shoplifting and the stolen items were returned to the bookstore. The boy refused to give the officers his parents’ contact information.

Another officer arrived at the scene and transported the boy to the Pima County Juvenile Court Center.

Hide and seek

A non-UA affiliated man was spotted on Wednesday, hiding something in the bushes near Campbell Avenue and Lester Street.

A UAPD officer was patrolling around University of Arizona Medical Center when he noticed the man standing in the bushes. The officer tried to talk to the man, but the man grabbed a bicycle and fled the scene.

The man crossed four lanes of oncoming traffic and the officer attempted to stop cars in order to cite the bicyclist for multiple traffic violations. The officer turned on his emergency lights but the man didn’t stop.

The officer returned to the bushes and discovered a black bag. Inside was a glass pipe with burnt white residue on the inside, as well as tools and knives. The bag was placed into custody.

Don’t be afraid

Two UA students were charged for trespassing on Wednesday after they were found in the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

At 1:07 a.m., two UAPD officers responded to the alarm in Hillenbrand. The main entrances were locked and there were no lights on inside the aquatic center.

One officer was placed at the south entrance and the other at the west entrance. The officer at the south entrance said he saw two people inside of the building, under the high dive.

One officer tried to engage with the students but they both began running toward the west gate.

The officer at the west entrance quickly stopped them.

The students said they ran because they were afraid of the officers. After a careful inspection the officers concluded that there was no one else inside the building and there was no damage to the property.

They were both cited a misdemeanor for second degree trespassing and released at the scene.

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