NORTH ABINGTON ROAD
APRIL 2, 9:36 A.M.
A prankster tried to convey the idea that residents of a gated community wanted to keep out controversial thoughts as well as bad guys, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.
Deputies responded to a call from Tucson Mountain Reserve, a large gated community on the northwest side, where a sign affixed to a phone box at the gate said, "Attention visitors, please do not discuss the outside world with residents of TMR, it really disturbs them, Policy #2004-1."
Similar signs were posted at the community's other two gates.
The president of the homeowners' association told deputies that residents had started to report the signs the day before, which was April Fools' Day. The signs were encased in plastic and affixed to the phone boxes with heavy-duty glue. It took a putty knife to remove them.
Community leaders were advised to contact authorities if the signs reappeared.
NORTH LA CHOLLA BOULEVARD
APRIL 3, 3 P.M.
A man who attempted to return two fishing reels worth a total of nearly $200 at a northwest-side Walmart was busted when store employees determined he was using a counterfeit receipt, a PCSD report said.
Deputies responded to a call from the Walmart at 7635 N. La Cholla Blvd., where the store's loss-prevention supervisor said a man went to the customer-service desk with a suspicious receipt that looked as if it had been through a washing machine. Customer service gave the man $196.29 to cover the cost of the reels.
But as he left the store, he was confronted by deputies and loss-prevention officers.
"What's going on?" he asked repeatedly. He was then handcuffed, brought to the loss-prevention office and questioned. After asking "what the problem was" multiple times, he was told that he was being detained on suspicion of fraud.
He then claimed that had been paid $50 to return the items for some friends who told him they weren't allowed to do it themselves. He didn't explain why.
A close examination of the receipt showed that the font used was different than the font used on Walmart receipts, and that the numbers were organized differently.
Deputies asked the man to tell them who paid him to return the fishing gear, but he refused, saying that "one thing he was not was a snitch," according to the report.
The man was jailed on suspicion of forgery, as well as a parole violation.