Police Dispatch

The Great Flood

East Tanque Verde Road and North Sabino Canyon Road July 21, 9:58 a.m.

A woman filling a neighbor's pool while the neighbor was out of town found that a valve had been left open, turning the neighbor's backyard into a waterlogged mess, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report said.

The neighbor, who had been doing the job for years, said she distinctly remembered closing the valve.

The backyard was unlocked, making it possible that someone else opened it and deliberately opened the valve. The homeowner claimed that a similar incident happened last year, but went unreported.

Where's Barney?

West River Road and North La Cañada Drive, July 21, 9:48 a.m.

A PCSD report said a 4-foot-tall green dinosaur was stolen from a preschool.

An employee said that the dinosaur, which was used for children to climb on, was very heavy and would have been carried over a 6-foot chain link fence.

The $450 piece of equipment had been stolen once before, but it was later returned anonymously.

Cursed Kin

West Overton Road and North Thornydale Road, July 21, 1:03 p.m.

A mother told deputies that she suspected neighborhood girls had vandalized her home, because her 14-year-old daughter is a lightning rod for abuse, according to a PCSD report.

The mother said someone had drenched her garage door with caramel and a white powdery substance. Toilet paper and sanitary napkins were also strewn all over her yard.

When asked if she had any suspects in mind, the woman said she thought someone her daughter's age might be responsible, adding that her daughter "has had trouble since the day she was born."

The woman couldn't provide deputies with additional details.

Help Yourself

UA Area, July 28, 5:34 p.m.

A 12-year-old claimed he pocketed a pair of headphones because he was shortchanged after an earlier purchase, a University of Arizona Police Department report.

The boy, a visiting Chinese national, said he was taking an item of equal value to the amount he was owed by the UA Bookstore.

He reportedly later changed his story, saying that because he couldn't find a cashier, he thought it was OK to take the headphones.

The bookstore declined to prosecute, "based on the totality of the circumstances," the report said. The boy was released to his chaperone's custody after an officer explained to him the consequences of shoplifting.