Police Beat: June 25
New Kid on the Cell Block
A UA student got off to a bad start on his day and his college career on June 10. At 9 a.m. a UofA Bookstore loss prevention officer observed a man taking a blue UA hat valued at $33.95 off a display and putting it in his backpack. The man then exited the bookstore without paying for the hat. University of Arizona Police Department officers caught up with the shoplifting suspect on the UA Mall a few minutes later. Officers read the man his rights and questioned him. The man told officers he was a UA student who was on campus for New Student Orientation. He and a few of his friends from the UA men’s swimming and diving team had been at the bookstore on a break. When asked, he told officers that he had no intention of paying for the hat. The man was cited and released.
From Bound to a Pole to Homeward Bound
UAPD officers observed a UA student sitting on the corner of James E. Rogers Road and Park Avenue petting two dogs that were chained to a sign post on June 10. The student said the dogs, two dark-colored labrador retrievers, did not belong to him. He told the officers that he had been waiting with the animals for an hour, hoping their owner would return and claim them. Officers observed that the dogs, who had no identification tags on their collars, were friendly, obedient and uninjured. The student said he wanted to assume custody of the dogs. After UAPD ran a records check on the student and found that he had no animal-related criminal offenses, they detached the chains from the sign post and gave the dogs to the student.