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POLICE BEAT 03/14/18: The Tale of the Piñata Thief

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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.

An Apache-Santa Cruz resident met with UAPD officers again on March 1 after an investigation into a previous incident led to the discovery of further scandals, including a stolen piñata. 

The Apache-Santa Cruz community director met with an officer to report that a student had stolen a megaphone and a multicolored bull-shaped piñata that he kept in his office for nostalgic reasons. He wished to report the stolen items and prosecute. 

The coummunity director made the discovery after talking to the student about a different report made against him involving the student vandalizing doors with vulgar messages written in pink highlighter. 

With the student’s permission the officer entered his room to inspect it. On the student’s desk was a pink highlighter, the same color used to write on other residents’ doors. 

The student showed the officer some index cards and said “my handwriting is like a kindergartner.” The officer told him that the handwriting appeared to match the writing on the doors. 

The student denied writing anything on the doors.

He then speculated that someone had framed him, perhaps one of his fraternity brothers. When asked, the student refused to tell the officer which of his brothers it might be or what fraternity he is in as he did not want to “snitch.”

The student was wearing a Theta Chi shirt. 

The officer then asked the student about the piñata and megaphone that the community director had reported as stolen. 

The student said that he had no memory of the previous night. The officer advised him of his Miranda Rights and asked the student for further details.

The student told the officer that on the previous day he had been extremely busy with homework and did not remember the night.

When pressed for more specific details, the student said that he brought someone back to his room. He then told the officer that he did not want to discuss what they were doing if the officer “caught his drift.”

He did not know where the piñata came from, but that it probably showed up sometime last night.

The student insisted that the megaphone was not stolen, but that it belonged to his fraternity and that he’d been carrying it around for three days. He told the officer that he’d found it in one of the three garages that the fraternity owns. 

A check of the megaphones at neighboring halls revealed that they were exact matches to the one found in the student’s room.

The officer cited the student for theft. The student stated that he understood the citation and signed it. The officer then released the student.


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