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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:24 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

ORO VALLEY

On Friday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m., a man went to the Oro Valley police station to report suspicious activity. The man told police that he had received a check in the mail indicating that he had won $4,800 in sweepstakes. The mailing also indicated that he was eligible to win $450,000. Though he thought the check was "bogus," according to his statements to police, he attempted to cash the check. Bank employees informed the man that the check was phony and took it from him. The man gave police the additional mailings that he was sent from the supposed sweepstakes, which were placed into evidence. No arrests were made.

On Friday, Sept. 11 at 1:30 p.m., Oro Valley police went to the Kohl's department store at Oracle and Magee roads where a store employee reported a shoplifting incident. Once there, the employee told police that he saw two women enter the store and return to the dressing rooms numerous times to try on clothing. The employee became suspicious when the women returned some of the clothing items to the racks. After inspecting the clothes, employees found one shirt that had three hangers in it and a pair of shorts that had four electronic-article surveillance tags in the pocket. The employee surmised that the tags had been removed from other clothing items. He then confronted the women as they attempted to leave the store without purchasing any items. They implied that the employee was threatening them and proceeded to their car. The employee gave police a description of the women and the car. No arrests were made.

On Saturday, Sept. 12 at 3:30 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Fry's grocery store at Oracle Road and First Avenue, where someone reported seeing a dog locked in a car in the parking lot. The officer noted that two of the car's windows were slightly opened and that the temperature at the time was 96 degrees. Inside the car was a small shih tzu dog. A man later approached the car and told police that it and the dog belonged to him. He told police that he lives in Colorado and that he often leaves the dog in the car in that state. Police informed him that leaving animals inside a car on hot days is against the law in Arizona. Police wrote the man a citation for animal cruelty and he was released.

On Saturday, Sept. 12 at 12 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Hilton El Conquistador on Oracle Road in response to a suspected arson fire. After fire fighters with the Golder Ranch Fire Department put out blaze, which covered a three-square foot area on a golf green, police spoke with a hotel guest who said she saw a group of boys earlier in the area. The woman told police that a group of seven to nine boys who were throwing rocks into the swimming pool. One of the boys later picked up a large rock and threw it into the poolside whirlpool spa after which the group walked toward the golf course. Police and fire officials inspected the green where they found burned and melted plastic and evidence that the fire had been started with gasoline. No arrests were made.

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