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    Police Beat: January 29

    Cash only

    Seven vending machines in the Catmart vending area near BioSciences West building were damaged at 5:00 a.m. on Jan. 23.

    The incident was reported the following morning by a UA custodial employee who said all the vending machines in the area had been damaged. The damages were noticed upon his arrival at work, none of which had been present the day prior.

    Four of the machines were from Coca-Cola, while the other three belonged to Tomdra Inc. Both distributors were notified and said they wanted to participate in judicial proceedings. Photographs of the area were then taken.

    During a UAPD officer’s investigation, he noticed none of the products had been stolen but each of the cash collectors and scanners were missing. Each Coca-Cola collector and scanner was valued at $1,500, according to a company employee.

    All of the Coca-Cola machines had been damaged in a similar manner while two of the Tomdra machines had their doors pried open.

    The police were able to lift a thumb and palm print from the interior of a Tomdra machine. Blood was also noticed near where the cash collector and scanner had been located on a Coca-Cola machine. The prints and blood samples were both submitted into property and evidence. The prints were forwarded to the Pima County crime lab, while the blood sample was forwarded to the Department of Public Safety for analysis.

    Clip and Run

    A red Range Rover “clipped” a bicyclist near the intersection of Park Avenue and Second Street at 12:54 p.m. on Jan. 24.

    Upon arrival, UAPD spoke with the driver of the vehicle and she said she’d been traveling northbound up Park Avenue, when a bicyclist came from her left side, “cut in front” of the vehicle and was hit by her car.

    The collision knocked the biker to the ground, but when the woman asked the man if he needed medical attention, he replied, “I’m an EMT.”

    He then rode away from the area, leaving the woman unsure of what to do, so she called UAPD. The incident was documented and no damage to her car resulted from the accident.

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