A summary of recent police activity in the area.
• About 11:44 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, policed responded to a shoplifting call at the Costco, 3901 W. Costco Drive, off Thornydale Road. The store’s loss prevention manager told police he had detained a woman who allegedly tried to steal a shirt, computer game, DVDs and a CD worth a combined $76.76. The woman was arrested on a charge of shoplifting. “She stated she was sorry and she had never shoplifted before,” a police report said. “She did not have a job and did not have any money to pay for the items.” The woman was later released from custody with a citation and barred from the store.
• About 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, police received a report from a Tucson man who allegedly was drugged and assaulted by a con-artist posing as an art dealer. The man had little recollection of the alleged assault, and it was unclear whether the incident even took place in Marana, according to a police report. The dispute stemmed from a previous business relationship the Tucson man had in California, according to police. The man told officers that he thought a “hit” was out on him, the report said. For lack of information, the case was closed without an arrest or charges being filed.
• On Monday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to a business on the 400 block of West Cool Drive where an employee reported finding graffiti on the walls of the building. The man also showed police where the vandals had discarded empty spray-paint cans. The police then spoke with a neighboring resident who said he saw the previous night a group of teen-aged boys spray painting the walls of the building and the inside of a concrete drainage ditch. The man told police he did not think he would be able to identify the boys because he did not get a good look at their faces. Police then walked into the drainage ditch and nearby tunnel where the saw numerous graffiti marks. No arrests were made.
• On Sunday, March 1, at 2:30 p.m., Oro Valley police went to an apartment complex on the 1500 block of Pusch Wilderness Drive where residents reported smelling the scent of marijuana smoke. Once there, a police officer noted that a faint smell of marijuana smoke was detected from outside the apartment door. The officer then knocked at the door and spoke with the residents. One resident told the officer that he had smoked the marijuana alone and still had some of the drug inside the apartment. The man gave the officer a prescription pill bottle filled with marijuana and a package of rolling papers. The man was then cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was released and ordered to appear in court.
• On Wednesday, Feb. 25, Oro Valley police went to the Kohl’s store at Oracle and Magee roads where a store employee reported a shoplifting. Store employees had detained the suspected shoplifter and her mother after he saw the girl put a bottle of Baby Phat perfume into her purse and attempt to leave without paying. The officer questioned the mother-daughter pair who acknowledged that they intended to steal the perfume. Both were cited for shoplifting and released.