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POLICE BEAT: SPRING BREAK EDITION: Tool cool for school

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Alex McIntyre | The Daily Wildcat A University of Arizona Police Department officer makes a call while standing by near the Koffler building on the UA campus.

This is not a drill

A series of missing tools from the University of Arizona Art Building caused a studio technician to contact UAPD on Feb. 13.

The studio technician told the officer that in mid-December he returned to check in on the lab after having been off for winter break for about a week. Upon returning, he noticed that a hand drill and its two batteries were missing from the toolroom.

According to the technician, it is not unusual for students to borrow tools for their projects. At the time he did not think much of the missing drill.

Later during the break, the technician discovered that an impact drill and its batteries had disappeared from the Visual Arts Graduate Lab. Again, he was not overly concerned about the missing tools.

Because of the ongoing issue of tools disappearing, he decided to contact UAPD.

The technician informed the officer that the room is left open for students to use during the day and is secured after hours with a keypad lock. 

About 20 student volunteers have access to the room. Each volunteer has their own number for the keypad. 

The technician did not have access to the list of numbers that entered the toolroom during the break. He also did not have the serial numbers of the drills at the time.

Neither of the drills were located. The combined value of the drills and their batteries was estimated to be $700.

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Sign of the times

Troubling signs directed towards a UA employee at Campus Health caused the woman to report the incident to UAPD on Feb 23.

When a UAPD officer arrived at Campus Health, the woman told the officer that a man had made the sign and left it at her place of work. 

The woman informed the officer of her history with the man leaving signs around her home that had caused her to get a Court Order of Protection in place.

The order stated “no contact whatsoever by any means” and included Campus Health as a protected location.

The woman had worked with a Pima County Sheriff’s Department detective in regards to the man’s invasive behavior. She spoke with the detective about these new signs as well.

The sign featured a white spray-painted message including the woman’s initials and “831.” According to the woman, “831” stood for “I love you.” UA facilities maintenance removed the sign.

The officer then went to investigate the spot where the woman used to park her car, which had previously been tampered with. Upon arrival, the officer noticed that there was an identical spray-painted sign in the area.

The officer called the PCSD detective and shared her findings. The detective told the officer that they had already arrested the man after finding him in possession of the stencils and paint used to create the signs.

The case was turned over to the PCSD.


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