Police Dispatch

Nothing Says "I Love You" Like Getting Ditched in the Desert

East Drexel Road and Interstate 10, Jan. 4, 9:45 p.m.

According to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report, deputies arrested a Tucson man after he allegedly admitted abandoning his shoeless girlfriend in the desert.

Deputies stopped Joey D. Willcutt near South Alvernon Way and East Drexel Road after they received a 911 call from Willcutt's girlfriend. She told deputies that Willcutt and two friends kidnapped her and left her out in the desert before leaving in Willcutt's Ford Bronco.

Deputies searched the Bronco and found two baggies of marijuana and his girlfriend's shoes.

Willcutt, 20, reportedly told deputies that he was playing a joke on his girlfriend and that he has left her stranded in the desert before. He said that he planned on driving to a nearby convenience store and then going back to pick her up when he was stopped. He told deputies that his passengers had nothing to do with the situation.

When deputies ran a background check on the two passengers, they learned that one of them, Strahan Branower, had a warrant issued from Globe for marijuana possession, the report stated. He was taken to Pima County Jail.

Willcutt was arrested and taken to jail on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, possessing marijuana and domestic violence, the report stated.

Deputies picked up Willcutt's girlfriend and drove her back to the police station.

Telephone Calls Gone Wild

University Area, Jan. 8, 4:15 p.m.

Police suspect that someone using a telephone account from Girls Gone Wild--a company that specializes in selling films featuring drunken and disrobed college coeds--has been calling and hanging up on a University of Arizona employee, a UA Police Department report stated.

The Residence Life employee told police that someone has been calling the office repeatedly and hanging up. The employee said the calls started in mid-November.

Police traced the number and learned that it belonged to Girls Gone Wild. Police left a voicemail with a supervisor and spoke with an operator who said that she would try to remove the number from the company's call list.

Officers told the Residence Life employee to contact police if there are any more crank phone calls.

The Collection Plate Theft

North Calle Sin Nombre and East Orange Grove Road, Dec. 31, 9:45 a.m.

Somebody tried to cash a fraudulent check from a Catalina Foothills Church bank account, a PCSD report stated.

An employee from Bank of America told deputies that a man tried to cash a $285 check with a real person's information and the church's account number. The bank employee made a photocopy of the man's driver's license before telling him the bank couldn't cash the check.

The bank employee called the person whose name was on the check and he, in turn, called the police.

The bank employee said that he believes that a fraudulent $350 electronic payment was made earlier from the church's account to a phone company. The bank employee said he would try to credit the church's account.

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