Police Dispatch

Football Injury: A Slap on the Wrist

UA Area

April 4, 12:18 p.m.

Two high school boys were treated leniently by adults after playing ball indoors (and then possibly trying to steal the ball), according to a UA Police Department report.

UA police officers responded to the University Bookstore, where two teenage males hailing from Tucson High School—one 15 years old, one 16—had been tackled by store security after they'd walked out carrying a football they'd gotten from inside the store and hadn't paid for.

The boys told officers they'd meant to pay for the football, but they'd been throwing it to each other while running around the store, and then when one of them had gone to the register to pay for a different item—while apparently still holding tightly onto the ball (as a good football player would, after all!)—he just "forgot" to pay for it.

This boy also said that while he'd been throwing the ball around with his friend, the tag had fallen off—insinuating this was more proof the boys hadn't been planning to steal it.

Then, however, the boy admitted he didn't have enough money to pay for the ball anyway.

Still, neither boy was prosecuted for shoplifting. After a tongue-lashing from their bookstore-employee elders, they gave up the ball and were let free.

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