Police Dispatch

Flower Power Gone Sour

UA Area

June 9, 6:40 a.m.

A night prowler ripped up a huge mass of fresh blooms celebrating one of the University of Arizona's most eminent edifices, said a UA Police Department report.

First thing one summer morning, a university employee told UAPD dispatch he'd just passed the fountain at Old Main, 1200 E. University Blvd., and saw that overnight an unknown person had ripped up dozens of flowers—red and white, of the Cora vinca variety (a type of periwinkle)—from the beds surrounding the fountain and then pitched the poor plants into the fountain's water.

Approximately 48 flowers costing $42 had been uprooted—but the labor required to re-plant them and clean up was estimated at $300.

There were no suspects at the time of the report, though officers were reviewing footage from the security camera atop a nearby flagpole.