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Vehicular Bonfire

Ina Road and La Cholla Boulevard, June 30, 1:18 a.m.

Co-workers of a woman on her last day at her job toilet-papered her car--and then someone unrelated to the original act later set fire to the toilet paper, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report stated.

It was unclear from the report whether the toilet-papering around 11:30 p.m. was meant maliciously or as a practical joke.

Nonetheless, a witness said that an African-American man approached the car in the parking lot at Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., around 1 a.m. and appeared to take a picture of the toilet paper with his cellular phone.

The witness told deputies he then saw the man run by and heard him say something about setting the vehicle on fire.

The Northwest Fire Department responded to Foothills Mall. The report said that after the fire was put out, there were burn marks and other discolorations all over the car.

The vehicle's owner said she had no idea who would want to set fire to her car. She told authorities she wanted to press charges.


Misplaced Anger?

Orange Grove Road and La Cholla Boulevard, June 27, 9:38 p.m.

A woman's stepson called her at her place of work and said their neighbor had accused him of burglarizing their home, a PCSD report said.

According to the report, the woman returned home to help her stepson, who said he was scared by the actions of their neighbor. She said that while her stepson was explaining what had happened, their neighbor and their neighbor's brother started banging on their door and screaming profanities.

The neighbor demanded that the woman's son give him his shoe, the woman told deputies. The son started unlacing his shoe, and the neighbor grabbed it from his foot, the woman said.

The woman said that her neighbor was convinced the sole of her stepson's shoe matched a footprint left outside a window at her neighbor's house. The neighbors allegedly pinned the stepson against their home while the woman pleaded with them to let him go. She said she and her stepson returned home to phone authorities after they finally complied.

The woman's stepson told deputies that his footprint was there because he had talked to one of his neighbor's children through an open window earlier that evening. The child later corroborated his story, the report said.

Deputies noted the neighbor was intoxicated and belligerent when they went to speak to him. He reportedly continued threatening the woman's stepson as deputies talked to him.

Based on all the evidence, a deputy arrested the neighbor on one count each of assault and making threats. The neighbor was booked at the Pima County Detention Center.

Authorities were able to lift fingerprints from the burglarized home.

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