Police Dispatch

The Rotten-Sandwich Con Job

North La Canada Drive and West River Road, Oct. 30, 3 a.m.

A convenience store clerk was duped into giving $219 to a con artist who made up a story about getting food poisoning from a sandwich the store sold him, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report stated.

A manager at Diamond Shamrock, 5005 N. La Canada Drive, told Deputy Janice Parker that one of the store clerks had given the man the money after receiving a phone call from someone who fictitiously identified himself as an employee from the corporate office.

The con artist, speaking as a corporate office employee, told the clerk that a customer got sick after eating a Diamond Shamrock sandwich and that a courier would be at the store at 3 a.m. to pick up $219--to be given to the customer to pay for his medical treatment and other costs, the report stated.

Later that morning, a person claiming to be a courier entered the store and picked up the money. The clerk never asked for a receipt or identification, the report stated.

The store manager told Deputy Parker that during training, clerks are told that employees can't give unhappy customers more than $5 without approval from the corporate office.

The manager said a similar incident happened at another Diamond Shamrock store the same morning, but the clerk did not hand over the money during that incident.

There are no suspects at this time.

Stealing 30 'Stones

University Area, Nov. 8, 3:37 p.m.

According to a University of Arizona Police Department report, officers arrested a UA student after he allegedly threw a stolen 30-pack of Keystone beer at another student.

Police saw the student and three other men fighting in the street near North Cherry Avenue and East Hawthorne Street. When police stopped the men, they said that they chased the student, Mark A. Laws, 20, after they saw him take the beer from their homecoming tent.

During the chase, Laws threw the 30-pack of beer at one of the men, striking him in the chest, the group told police.

Laws allegedly smelled like alcohol and lied to officers about his age, giving them a fake Texas driver's license stating he was 21, the report stated.

Laws, of the 1200 block of North Euclid Avenue, allegedly later admitted to stealing the beer and having a fake ID.

"Yes, but I did it as a joke and I didn't mean to assault anyone," Laws reportedly told police, the report stated.

He was cited and released on suspicion of assault, possessing a fake ID, theft and being a minor with alcohol in his body.

The Quack and Cluck Caper

West Ina Road and North Thornydale Road, Nov. 2, 4 p.m.

Someone stole chickens and ducks from a Tucson woman's backyard, a PCSD report stated.

The woman told Deputy Diane Yanneck that she doesn't think a coyote took the four chickens and one duck from their pens, because there were no feathers on the ground.

Police have no suspects at this time.

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