Police Dispatch

Lucky Wasn't Very Lucky

West Orange Grove Road and North La Cholla Boulevard, May 5, 10:14 a.m.

A Tucson woman believes her estranged husband threw women's clothing all over her front yard and placed a dead rabbit at the foot of her mailbox, according to a report from the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

The woman told PCSD telephone operator Holly M. Graves she found two shirts, two pairs of pants and a pair of women's underwear scattered around her property.

The grayish rabbit appeared to have been killed and then laid at the foot of her mailbox sometime overnight, she reportedly added.

She said she separated from her husband in February, and that she was "certain" he was responsible, because he's done similar things in the past.

The PCSD operator advised her to call if she had any further information to report.

Dialing for Dollars

East Sunrise Drive and North Craycroft Road, May 7, 5:44 p.m.

Someone may have defrauded an elderly Tucsonan of nearly $20,000, raising concerns with his son because this isn't the first time his father has been bilked, a PCSD report stated.

The son told Deputy Tony Rodriguez his 86-year-old father received a call saying he won $200,000 in the Canadian sweepstakes on April 28. In order to receive his winnings, the person on the phone told him to send a check for $5,000 to Quebec, Canada to cover taxes--which he did.

On May 6, the report stated he received another call asking for five percent of the $200,000 prize, or $14,620, to pay an import duty fee to bring the prize into the United States. The father admitted sending a cashier's check for that, as well.

His son put the kibosh on his dad's designs when a third call on May 7 asked him to cancel the check for $14,620 and wire the money instead.

The son later told Rodriguez his father has had problems before sending out checks to people who call saying he's won a prize. He said he thought this problem had corrected itself, but apparently it hadn't.

The family of the elderly man is attempting to locate and cancel the cashier's check for $14,620. The son also told Rodriguez he was going to talk to his lawyer about limiting his father's access to his money.

Insecurity Blanket

East River Road and North Craycroft Road, May 6, 8:49 a.m.

A northside apartment dweller told a PCSD telephone operator her upstairs neighbor cut holes in her blanket out of spite and may have a key to her place.

The woman said she went to put a blanket on her bed at around 2 a.m. because her neighbors turned on their air conditioning, which causes her apartment to get cold. She then discovered her blanket wasn't whole anymore.

Later, the woman reportedly heard someone upstairs ask, "Why'd you turn the air conditioning up so high?"

She said the voice of her 18-year-old female neighbor, who appears "to be mentally retarded" or have "something wrong with her," answered that she did it so the woman downstairs "would see what I did to her blanket."

The first voice then threatened to tell; the neighbor begged her not to.

In addition to cutting up her covers, the woman told the PCSD operator she thinks the people upstairs have a key to her place because they've been in it before, usually when she takes her son to work in the early hours of the morning.

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