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TRAIL MIX OF TEARS

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DEC. 28, 11:40 P.M.

The person or persons who broke into two vending machines at the University of Arizona left "a trail of merchandise" leading from them and also left behind some blood, apparently after being cut by shattered glass from the machines, a UA Police Department report said.

The report said an unknown amount of "food products" had been stolen from vending machines at the Education Building, 1430 E. Second St. Some of the contents of the machine were scattered nearby, but a trail of junk food led officers toward the corner of Second Street and Cherry Avenue before it petered out. Officers also found a large rock near the machines that apparently was used to break the machines' glass fronts, and drops of what looked like dried blood on glass shards.

The crime scene, which previously had been brightly lit, was now dark because the fluorescent lights over the machines had been unscrewed. A reporting officer believed the perpetrator must have been at least 6 feet tall in order to reach the bulbs.

Officers took photos of the machines and obtained three swabs of the blood for analysis. UAPD also mailed victim's-rights forms to the owner of the vending machines so officers could get an estimate of the value of the stolen goods.


DEER . . . OR BEER?

WEST IRONHILL DRIVE

DEC. 20, 1:19 A.M.

Two corrections officer candidates who had just left a bar damaged numerous street signs and mailboxes after they allegedly swerved to miss hitting a deer, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene of the damage and interviewed the two men, who claimed to be Arizona Department of Corrections recruits. At first, the men said they had just left a friend's house and were on their way to the Corrections Officer Training Academy (COTA) when they swerved to miss a deer. They also said they had not been drinking.

But after repeated questioning, one of the men changed his story and acknowledged they had been at a bar, although he continued to insist that no alcohol had been involved in the incident.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene to transport the men to a medical facility told deputies that one of the men smelled like he'd been drinking.

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