Police Dispatch

Peer Pressure

Vail, Feb. 26, 10:10 p.m.

A witness said he saw a Jeep going down the road with a mailbox stuck to its undercarriage, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report said.

The 22-year-old man said the Jeep passed by with the mailbox attached; eventually, the mailbox came free, he said, and the vehicle continued on its way. He was unable to see the color of the vehicle or get its license-plate number. The report said there had been a spate of mailbox-vandalism incidents in the area.

As the deputy was talking to the witness, a Jeep came up the road. The deputy stepped into its path to make its driver stop. He then inspected the vehicle to see if it had any damage consistent with dragging a mailbox around.

The deputy found paint on the undercarriage that allegedly matched the mailbox and also noted a dent on the bumper. The driver, who was not the vehicle's owner, denied any involvement in mailbox vandalism.

According to the report, the vehicle's owner--a 17-year-old boy--showed up, and the deputy took him aside. Eventually, the teen admitted he was the one who had been running over mailboxes.

The deputy arrested the boy and placed him in the back of his patrol car, pending the arrival of his parents. According to the report, the boy said "peer pressure" motivated him to mow down mailboxes with his vehicle.

Panty Thieves

River Road and La Cañada Drive, March 2, 4:34 a.m.

A burglar or burglars took all kinds of items from a woman's home, a PCSD report stated.

The woman noticed lights were on in her home after she got off work at about 4 a.m. She told authorities that she quickly determined that she had been robbed. The thief/thieves took shampoo, some crystal, a stereo worth $40, dresses worth about $300 and shoes worth approximately $200. They also bagged fake jewelry, a stereo speaker and food from her fridge. Last, she said, they nearly cleaned her out of underwear.

There were no suspects at the time of the report.

Lute Needs to Retire

UA Area, March 21, 9:14 a.m.

According to a University of Arizona Police Department report, an administrative assistant for UA basketball coach Lute Olson said she received a "very disturbing" voicemail message.

In the message, an unknown man reportedly said, "Lute is like 79 and needs to retire." The man also said assistant coach Miles Simon, whom he referred to using a racial epithet, was a role model for "ADA."

No direct threats were made. An officer phoned the number that had called Olson's office and told a man who answered that he was not to call again. The man denied any involvement.

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