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    A man stole a grey backpack from a student on May 31 at about 9:15 p.m. in the Highland Tunnel, 1395 E. Speedway Blvd., reports stated.

    The student said a man came up from behind her and took her backpack off her shoulder, reports stated.

    The man then ran northbound around the west side of the Highland Parking Garage toward East Mabel Street, reports stated.

    When the man reached a construction site in the 1200 block of North Cherry Avenue he dropped and tripped over the backpack, reports stated.

    Several items fell from the backpack onto the ground, but the man picked up the bag and continued running eastbound.

    The student was able to recover a notebook, videotape and some papers that were dropped, reports stated.

    The student said the backpack also contained a checkbook, credit cards, notebooks, pieces of mail and four textbooks.

    The student said the man had dark skin color and curly black hair and wore a ponytail, a light blue shirt and jeans. Police are working with the student to create a composite sketch of the suspect, reports stated.

    A brick wall and a plastic recycling bin were burned in a fire on a loading dock between the College of Nursing, 1305 N. Martin Ave., and Life Sciences North building, 1333 N. Martin Ave. on June 1, reports stated.

    UA employees reported the fire at about 1:44 p.m. and tried to put the fire out with handheld fire extinguishers, reports stated.

    The Tucson Fire Department arrived at about 1:54 p.m. and extinguished the fire, reports stated.

    There were no witnesses, but one employee suggested that someone might have thrown a cigarette butt from a small patio located above the recycle bin, causing the fire, reports stated.

    The fire captain could not detect any obvious signs of arson during an examination of the scene, but located cigarette butts in the water after the fire was extinguished, reports stated.

    A man was arrested for stealing a bicycle tire near Coronado Residence Hall at 822 E. Fifth St., on May 30, reports stated.

    A police officer saw a man holding the bicycle tire and told the man not to move but the man walked toward the bicycle that the tire was removed from, placed the tire on the ground and waved at the police officer, reports stated.

    The man starting running westbound towards North Euclid Avenue and the officer chased after the man and arrested him, reports stated.

    When the officer asked the man why he ran, the man replied, “”I was being curious and wanted to test your patience,”” reports stated.

    The man told the police officer that he was on the UA campus because he was “”being stupid and curious”” and that he had planned to steal the tire to put on his friend’s bike, reports stated.

    The man had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor from the Tucson Police Department, reports stated.

    Graffiti on the west entrance wall of the Veterinary Sciences building, 1117 E. Lowell St., was reported at 7:10 a.m. Monday, reports stated.

    The graffiti consisted of a blue smiling whale and the word “”Hi”” next to it.

    There were no other markings found on the building and no suspects or witness, reports stated.

    A student reported that her art supplies were stolen from a locker sometime between May 18 at 2 p.m. and June 5 at 11:02 a.m. from the Art Building, 1031 N. Olive Rd., reports stated.

    The student received permission to leave her supplies in the locker until she returned to campus for summer session, and saw the locker door removed from its hinges when she returned, reports stated.

    The supplies stolen consisted of one red metal toolbox with blue paint together valued, paintbrushes, paint and three blank canvases of an estimated worth of $570, reports stated.

    Police have no suspects or witnesses, reports stated.

    An MP3 player was stolen from the mailroom of the Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 1:05 p.m., reports stated.

    A student working in the mailroom left his MP3 player at 10:45 a.m. and when he returned from class to the mailroom at 1:05 p.m. the MP3 player was missing, reports stated.

    During that time a Hispanic male was asked to leave the building due to his inability to justify his presence in the residence hall, reports stated.

    The man left willingly and the employee provided a description of the man to police, but the man could not be located, reports stated.

    There were no witnesses, reports stated.

    -Aubrey McDonnell contributed to this report

    Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resumǸ can be found at

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