Police Dispatch

Closet Case

West Valencia Road and South 12th Avenue, June 7, 11:02 a.m.

Residents of a mobile home discovered that they had been burglarized for the fourth time in nearly as many years--but this time, the burglar(s) entered through a hole that had been cut in the floor, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report said.

A 23-year-old man who lived at the mobile home returned from work to find it had been ransacked. He also noted a large hole in one of the bedroom closets.

The report said that a cursory check of the residence showed that more than $1,300 worth of stuff had been stolen, including a digital camera, DVDs and a gold chain.

Deputies were able to lift fingerprints from the home.

Dirty Money

East Redington Road and North Wentworth Road, June 8, 4:40 p.m.

A married couple alleged that a pool-company employee cheated them out of money they paid for dirt, a PCSD report stated.

The couple said they faxed Patio Pools, asking them to deliver dirt for landscaping around a pool that was just installed. They were told it would be sent for free, they claimed.

Later, the couple alleged, a man from Patio Pools showed up at their home with the fax in hand, stating that he would deliver the dirt in a few weeks for $100. Thinking he was a contractor, the husband wrote the man a check, the report said.

Weeks passed, the couple told authorities, and still no dirt was delivered, despite assurances from the man when they phoned him.

When the couple called Patio Pools, they said, an employee told them that the man they dealt with worked for the company; however, he was also in the Army National Guard and had just been deployed to Iraq.

It wasn't standard procedure to have someone representing Patio Pools come to a customer's home asking for money, the employee added.

Deputies were unable to contact the man at the time of the report.

Expensive Paperweight

UA Area June 15, 3:30 p.m.

According to a University of Arizona Police Department report, a microwave transmitter, normally valued at around $1,000, was stolen from a UA employee's office.

The employee told police, however, that the item was virtually worthless without the receiver dish, which was left behind, near the place where the transmitter had been stored.

There were no suspects at the time of the report.

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