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Hard Ass Missing

South Camino Del Sol and West Camino Calderon, Feb. 27, 3 p.m.

Somebody stole a concrete donkey statue from a Tucson home, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report stated.

The homeowner told deputies that he believes the grey-and-white jackass might have been stolen from his front yard overnight.

Deputies had no suspects or witnesses.


Cigarette Caused Car Fire

West El Camino Del Cerro and North Calle Llanura, Feb. 26, 11:58 p.m.

According to a PCSD report, a Tucson man was forced to pull his car over when he realized that a passenger smoking a cigarette had accidentally set the vehicle ablaze.

The driver told deputies that he was eastbound on West El Camino Del Cerro when the car's interior began to fill with smoke. When he pulled over, he saw that the backseat was on fire, the report stated.

The driver believes the fire started when the passenger dropped a lit cigarette on some blankets that were piled in the backseat.

The driver suffered minor burns when he tried to put out the fire and was taken to Northwest Hospital. The car was towed at the owner's request.


Jumbo TV Heist

University Area, March 18, 12 a.m.

According to a UA Police Department report, an officer cut his hand on a broken beer bottle when he tackled an allegedly drunken student whom the officer saw pushing a stolen, $1,600 TV down an alley.

The officer saw Eric M. Hallan, 19, and two other men, pushing the 60-inch TV away from the Delta Chi fraternity, near East First Street and North Martin Avenue. The men split up after the officer began chasing them, the report stated.

The officer tacked Hallan and held him to the ground until other officers arrived. Hallan reportedly smelled like alcohol, had slurred speech and was in possession of a fake ID. He reportedly said he ran because he thought a car was coming and didn't know it was a police car.

He allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol earlier but denied knowing anything about the TV or the men pushing it. A member of Delta Chi said the TV was stolen from a common room a few minutes earlier.

The officer was taken to a nearby hospital for stitches.

The fraternity declined to press charges, and Hallan was cited and released on suspicion of being a minor with alcohol in his body and having a fake ID.

More by Kristopher Califano

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