Police Beat: July 16
The Great Escape
A supervisor at the UA farm reported strange happenings in the pasture to University of Arizona Police Department on July 9.
Responding officers were told by the supervisor that three bags of sheep feed had gone missing in the night. Additionally, a herd of lambs had been found by a student outside of their pen, making a mess of a nearby equipment storage area. The supervisor said she was sure a human had released the lambs because baby sheep could not operate the latch to their pen. She was also sure the lambs had not devoured the missing feed, as there were no empty bags to be found. The lambs were safely gathered back into their pen.
The farm supervisor also informed officers that a herd of cows, secured in their pen with a combination lock, had been found wandering outside their designated area. Unlike the lambs, the cows did not cause any sort of mess or property damage. The supervisor said all the animals were accounted for, but requested UAPD perform frequent night checks in order to prevent further disturbance of the animals.
UAPD officers responded to a report of an alleged trespasser at Campbell Farms property on July 9.
Upon arrival the officers met a farm employee standing with a non-UA affiliated man. The man, a self-described “mushroom hunter” had been caught on the property without permission. When he was confronted by the farm employee, the man attempted to flee by climbing over one of the fences. The employee told the man that police were on their way and the man agreed to stay until officers arrived.
A responding officer asked the man if he felt that the fence indicated at all that the farm was private property. The man hung his head and nodded yes. Officers cited the man for criminal trespassing, and told the man that if he wanted to collect wild mushrooms on the property, he needed proper authorization for the property owners. The man said he understood and left without further incident.