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    Police Beat: Sept. 9

    Student faces charges for refusing to wait in line

    University of Arizona Police Department officers were dispatched to the UofA Bookstore on Sept. 1 at 1:03 p.m. in reference to an alleged shoplifting.

    Upon arrival, officers made contact with a bookstore security employee who was using a conference room to detain the suspect while photographs of the shoplifted item were taken. Officers made contact with the female suspect who was identified as a UA student.

    According to the woman, she had been standing in line for five minutes, waiting to pay for a package of AAA batteries. She realized she was going to be late for class, so she put the batteries in her purse and exited the store. According to police, bookstore employees followed the woman, caught up to her near the Cesar E. Chavez building, and escorted her back to the store for questioning.

    Police used surveillance footage to confirm the woman’s story. The woman was cited on charges of shoplifting released on scene after being warned against returning to the bookstore until any judicial proceedings against her were completed.

    ‘Suspicious’ man investigated by Tucson police

    UAPD responded to the Student Union Memorial Center on Sept. 1 at 3:33 p.m. in reference to a report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the reporting party who told them that a known suspect in an ongoing Tucson Police Department assault case had been spotted in the area.

    The reporting party told officers that he was a witness to the assault and he knew for a fact that TPD was looking for the individual in order to question him about the active investigation. UAPD officers were able to locate the suspect at which point TPD was notified. TPD officers took the suspect into custody and questioned him for approximately 10 minutes before releasing him.

    Cars collide as women hurl obscenities

    UAPD was dispatched to the third level of the Sixth Street Garage, 1201 E. Sixth St., on Sept. 1 at 8 a.m. in reference to a two-vehicle collision.

    Officers made contact with two women who alleged that a collision had occurred between their vehicles, a green Kia and a red Honda.

    According to police, the owner of the green Kia claimed that while she was looking for a parking spot, the driver of the Honda began backing up and struck her Kia with the rear bumper.

    The driver of the Honda claimed that the woman in the Kia tried to pass her in the garage. After the owner had parked her car, the Kia owner allegedly parked right next to her, then got out and began screaming obscenities at her.

    The Honda owner then claimed that the Kia struck her car. Both vehicles were insured, and after exchanging insurance information, both women agreed to handle the matter civilly.

    Racist graffiti discovered in Bioresearch restroom

    UAPD was dispatched to the Keating Bioresearch building, 1657 E. Helen St., on Aug. 31 at 9:19 a.m. in reference to criminal damage. Upon arrival, officers made contact with an employee of the building, who led police to a men’s restroom.

    In the center stall of the restroom, officers found graffiti that had been written in what appeared to be black ink. The graffiti consisted of the words “”whore”” and “”BIO5 is racist”” as well as a depiction of a swastika and several other markings.

    The graffiti was photographed and the photographs were placed into evidence. Facilities Management was notified of the damage. Police have no suspects or witnesses at this time.

    Loose muffler leads to vehicle impound

    UAPD officers were on evening patrol Aug. 31 when they observed a black Ford Mustang traveling southbound on Euclid Avenue with a muffler dragging on the pavement and emitting sparks. Officers initiated a traffic stop at 9:31 p.m. and made contact with the driver, who identified himself with an Arizona driver’s license.

    A records check revealed that the driver’s license had been suspended since May. According to police, the man admitted to receiving several traffic citations but claimed to have paid them all. The man also claimed to have been aware that the muffler was loose and told police he planned to fix it at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

    The man was cited on charges of driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle with equipment not in good working order. The vehicle was impounded and the man was released at the scene.

    Unauthorized purchasing card charges continue

    UAPD officers responded to the Optical Sciences building, 1630 E. University Blvd., on Aug. 31 at 4:23 p.m. in reference to alleged fraud. Officers met with an employee of the university who claimed that an unknown person or persons made four unauthorized charges on her university-issued purchasing card. Two of the unauthorized charges were made to Speedpay, an online utility payment company based in Orlando, Fla. Both charges, one for $342.22 and another for $5.95, were made on Aug. 24. An additional charge, in the amount of $250.22, was made on Aug. 22 to T-Mobile in the state of Washington. The final charge, in the amount of $204.95, was made to the Florida-based online utility payment company Kissimmee Utility Authority on Aug. 31. According to police, the employee claimed that her card was kept secure at all times and she had no idea who could have gotten access to it. The university cancelled the employee’s purchasing card. Police have no witnesses or suspects at this time.

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