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    Police Beat: February 26

    Slipped his mind

    A UA student was criminally cited and released for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after being stopped with 19.3 grams of marijuana at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 21.

    University of Arizona Police Department officers were monitoring traffic when they witnessed a man on a black BMX bike cross lanes and fail to stop at a stop sign near Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall. An officer stopped him on the north side of Coronado Residence Hall.

    The man, who was acting “unusual and jittery,” said he was in a hurry to take an online test. An inspection of the man’s bike showed there were no front or rear brakes and the man was “nervously puffing on a cigarette.”

    The student consented to a possessions search and said only school supplies were present in his bag before the officer pulled out a “red, plastic, airtight cylinder containing a digital scale and 19.3 grams (of) marijuana inside a sandwich baggie,” according to the police report.

    The suspect’s demeanor changed and his “spirit seemed deflated” before he said, “I forgot that was in there.”

    The man informed UAPD he worked at the Student Union Memorial Center and earns $200 a week, which he then spends on marijuana.

    He refused to tell police where he got the marijuana from and insisted it was all for personal use. He was civilly cited for failure to stop at a stop sign and no bicycle brakes, in addition to criminal charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    Laptop larceny

    UAPD officers went to McClelland Hall after a reported laptop theft on Feb. 21.

    When police arrived they spoke with the laptop owner, who was “very animated and frustrated.” He said the incident occurred between 5 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.

    The student had placed his laptop into his backpack before going to Wilko to get dinner. He then went to the Main Library at 6:15 p.m. which was where, shortly afterward, he noticed the missing laptop, he said.

    The student told police he was “90 percent sure” he lost his MacBook Pro at the library. Officers told him to retrace his steps.

    Later that night, the man contacted UAPD requesting video footage of the library, which they told him they would not provide. He then became frustrated and said he wanted UAPD to find his laptop, which he valued at $1,500.

    The subject gave police the serial number to his computer and UAPD gave him a case number and contact information.

    Grab and go

    A man near Highland Market was seen leaving a fenced area with a tire at 6:03 a.m. on Feb. 21.

    A woman, who reported the incident, told police she was walking down First Street, when the man riding his bike asked her if she knew how to fix bikes. When she replied “no,” the man then asked if she had any spare money, to which she responded “no,” before proceeding toward Highland Market.

    The man, who the woman described as “weird,” was a Caucasian male in his 50s, wearing a baseball cap and a navy jacket. She said she kept walking but observed the man walk into a fenced bicycle area, before walking away with his bike and a tire.

    She then called police and went to the fenced area to find a silver Mongoose bike unlocked, with its front tire missing.

    Police responded to the scene and recorded the serial number of the bike, but no cut locks or cables were found in the area.

    Police were unable to locate the suspect and could not locate the owner of the bike.

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