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    Police Beat: August 28

    Rebel without a beer
    A University of Arizona Police Department officer was observing traffic on the corner of Sixth Street and Park Avenue when he noticed a white male repeatedly exiting and entering the Metro Wildcat parking lot at 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 17. He then walked across the street and sat on the curb outside U of A Liquors. Afterward, once again, he walked back and entered the Metro Wildcat.

    The officer then parked and walked to the parking lot entrance. He noticed the man take a 40-ounce glass bottle of beer from the cashier counter and then put it into a glass case located at the north end of the liquor store, while nervously looking around. The man appeared to be under the age of 21.

    The officer approached the man who claimed to be a 19-year-old UA student, without a state license or CatCard on his person. The officer told the student that it appeared as if he was attempting to buy beer, but the student said that he hadn’t gone through with his purchase because he wasn’t carrying his ID. When first asked if he had a wallet, the student said no, but then after being asked to stand, he said that he had his wallet. The officer found two driver’s licenses in the wallet, one claiming he was 19 years old and another claiming him to be over the age of 21.

    The officer then entered the store to talk with the store clerk who said the student had entered the store twice, only buying beer the first time. The second time, the student noticed the UAPD officer and returned the beer to the cooler. After verifying the student’s licenses, the first license came up as issued from California and the second license had no record.

    The student claimed he had gotten the fake ID from a friend and said it was just a small, personal item he liked to carry. He admitted that it doesn’t look like a real ID. He said he thought it was odd that the ID he got from his friend recognized him as legal to purchase alcohol. The fake license was entered as evidence at UAPD. A Code of Conduct wasn’t completed because the incident occurred on Tucson property.

    Youngsters ooze booze
    A UAPD officer noticed a man standing next to the trash compactor on the south side of the Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall at 8:20 p.m. on Aug. 17. Once the man made eye contact with the officer, he signaled two other men who then came into sight. The officer noted that the door to the building where the three men were located is not typically used at night. As the officer spoke with the men, he could smell alcohol.

    He used his flashlight in order to clearly see their eyes and noticed they were red and watery. They each had slurred speech and when asked if they had been drinking, they hesitantly claimed they had. The students were each 18 years of age, with no warrants on them. Later on, a second UAPD officer came to assist with the situation and the men were arrested for Minor with Spirituous Liquor in Body violations.

    They were given citations and mandatory court dates. Before releasing them, the first officer read the students their Miranda Rights, and each of the men agreed to comply. They admitted they had been drinking hard liquor that was given to them by an unknown source. The men would not say who that source was, but provided the officers with a room in the residence hall. They were then given copies of their citations and released from custody. Each minor will submit a Code of Conduct to the UA Dean of Students.

    Silly, cheap thief
    An 18-year-old UA student was arrested for shoplifting at the UofA Bookstore at 3 p.m. on Aug. 18. The student was seen on video surveillance putting a package into his front left pant pocket.

    It wasn’t until after the student exited the bookstore that a store employee stopped him. The student showed the store employee the Koss headset he had put into his pocket, which was worth $32.12.

    When a UAPD officer arrived at the scene, the shoplifter was read his Miranda Rights and he then admitted to stealing the headset. He said that he did have enough money to purchase the item, but had an urge to steal the headset instead, so he could save money. The headphones were still in the package and were returned to the bookstore staff. The officer told the shoplifter that he wasn’t allowed to return to the bookstore and if he did, he could be arrested for trespassing.

    A Code of Conduct will be sent to the UA Dean of Students and a Victim’s Rights form was filled out and mailed to UA Risk Management.

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