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    Police Beat: April 19

    Prospective student steals from bookstore

    A University of Arizona Police Department officer responded to the UofA Bookstore after receiving a call about a shoplifter in custody on April 14 at 12:18 p.m.

    Upon arrival, the officer was shown to the conference room by bookstore personnel to meet with the suspected shoplifter.

    Staff observed the boy — using security cameras — place a pair of sunglasses into his front left pocket and leave the store without paying.

    As security personnel escorted him back into the bookstore, they noticed that he had taken the glasses from his pocket and placed them on a bookshelf to pretend as if he had never taken them.

    According to the suspect, he was visiting the UA from Seattle, Wash.

    When he entered the bookstore, he told the officer that his intention was to purchase the sunglasses, but instead placed the glasses into his pocket and walked around the bookstore.

    After charging his iPod downstairs, he exited the bookstore and “”forgot”” to pay for the sunglasses.

    The officer contacted his father, who soon arrived on scene. The minor was charged for shoplifting and released to the care of his father.

    Greek catfight creates paranoia

    A female UA student warned UAPD on April 14 about potential retaliation against her property.

    She had gotten into a verbal altercation with her sorority sister the previous night at a meeting and, according to the student, she felt that the sister may damage her vehicle.

    If anything should happen to her car, she wanted the report to be on file; however, her sister did not threaten her or her vehicle.

    She normally keeps her car in the Tyndall Avenue Parking Garage but decided to move it to another garage just to be safe.

    Sticks and stones may break windows

    After returning from class a female UA student found that her car had been broken into on April 14.

    A UAPD officer arrived to the Tyndall Avenue Parking Garage at 11:18 a.m., and spoke with the student.

    The car in question had a 10-by-5-inch hole in the rear driver’s side window.

    The student said she parked her car on the garage’s fourth floor at 10 a.m., and when she returned it was damaged with a large rock.

    However, there was nothing of value in her vehicle and nothing was stolen.

    It was obvious that someone rummaged through her glove compartment because of the documents scattered all over the front seat and the front doors of her vehicle had been unlocked.

    Her boyfriend threw the rock away and the student reorganized her car before UAPD arrived, leaving behind no evidence.

    The officer advised her to call UAPD back in case any additional information arose.

    Agricola gets up and walks away

    A male UA student in need of an Agricola and German book was arrested for shoplifting on April 14.

    At 5:10 p.m., a UAPD officer responded to the UofA Bookstore and spoke with security.

    Security observed the student leave the bookstore with the book and confirmed that the student did not purchase the item.

    “”I made a stupid decision,”” the student said, as he motioned toward the stolen book on the table of the bookstore conference room.

    The officer asked what the stupid decision was and he admitted taking the book without paying for it. The student made no attempt to hide the book and walked out of the store with it in hand.

    He did not have money on him, although he could have gotten money from the nearby ATM, so he stole the book.

    According to the student, he never intended to steal the book but made a split-second decision.

    He was arrested for shoplifting and the officer filled out a Dean of Students Office code of conduct referral.

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