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Police Beat -- Week of March 3

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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 4:00 am

MARANA 

On Feb. 17 around 12:40 p.m., Marana Police responded to a call regarding graffiti at Phils Shed, at the 4500 block of W. Ina Rd. Upon arrival, police spoke to the bookkeeper for the business who noticed graffiti on one side of the unit’s front. Because she had seen the graffiti the morning before around 9 a.m., it is unknown when exactly the unknown persons spray painted the exterior. Damages are estimated around $100.

 

On Feb. 17 around 2:22 p.m., Marana Police responded to a report of theft on the 9900 block of N. Sand Dollar. Upon arrival, police made contact with the owner, who advised that sometime during the night before his dog woke him up barking. The home owner said he thought it was javelina walking through his yard so he didn’t think anything of it. The next day, he noticed his Garmin GPS was missing from his 2010 Pontiac Vibe. There was no damage to the vehicle. The GPS is valued at $300. There is no suspect information.

 

On Feb. 18 around midnight, while Marana police were conducting a business check at the 8200 block of N. Cortaro Road, an officer was flagged down by a Walmart employee about a male subject being detained by loss prevention for shoplifting. Loss prevention had detained a male subject, who had been caught shoplifting. The suspect took a Cricket cell phone and tore the packaging off. The value of the cell phone is estimated at $174.43. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Marana substation on Ina Road.

 

On Feb. 22 around 12:16 p.m., Marana Police responded to a report of criminal damage in the area of Desert Flacon and Twin Peaks. Upon arrival, police were advised that the street signs on Desert Flacon at Twin Peaks and Camino De. Manana had been damaged. He said the other residents on the private road purchased the four signs that had been damaged. It was then confirmed that the signs do not belong to the Town of Marana, and they are owned by the residents of the private drive. All four signs were covered with black paint that appeared to be applied by a paintbrush. With the paint being damp, the paint appeared to be recent. It was estimated that it would cost $100 to replace all four signs. The case is closed due to a lack of investigative leads, but may be reopened should any leads arise.

 

Oro Valley

On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1:41 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Walmart at 2150 E. Tangerine Rd. after getting a report of a woman and her two kids stealing donuts. Police spoke with a woman who told police that while she was ordering a cake she ate a donut and let her 4-year-old son and her 13-year-old cousin eat a donut from a display case. Her son also ate a second one while she wasn’t looking. She then didn’t pay for the donuts, valued at $2.32. While reviewing the recording of the theft, the store employee noticed one of the kids had taken a Lego set and hid it under his arms. The Lego set was valued at $19.97.

 

On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10:40 a.m., Oro Valley police met with a woman at the department’s main station who reported a theft. The woman, who is a teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School, had her iPhone taken from her purse during the day. She valued the phone at $750.

 

On Sunday, Feb. 17, at about 2:46 a.m., Oro Valley police were on patrol and traveling southbound on Oracle Road when police noticed a vehicle also traveling south weaving and not staying in its lane. The car then turned off of Oracle Road, which is when police pulled the vehicle over. The driver admitted to drinking and spoke slowly. The driver then showed numerous signs of impairment during three field sobriety tests. The driver then blew a Preliminary Breath Test reading of .181 and was placed under arrest for DUI. The driver later admitted to drinking four small pitchers of beer. He was also cited for failure to stay in a traffic lane and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center.

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