Police and Crime

Oro Valley

On Thursday, May 16, at 6:55 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Walmart at 7951 N. Oracle Road in response to an underage man attempting to buy alcohol with a fake identification. The identification showed the man’s name with a birth date in 1990, but the driver’s license number returned to a different name with a birth date in 1926. Police asked the man if the information on the card was correct, to which he responded, “I can neither confirm or deny that information.” 

At that point, he was told he was going to be detained and was placed in handcuffs. After being read his rights, the man told police he bought the fake ID from a website he learned about from another Arizona State University student. He said he bought it for $120 and had used it multiple times at the store. After smelling his breath, police asked him how much he had to drink that day. He responded with, “I can neither confirm or deny that I have had anything to drink today.” He was arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail for using a false ID to purchase alcohol, being under 21 and having alcohol in his system, and possession of a fake ID. 


On Sunday, May 12, at about 2:47 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Diamond Shamrock at 10410 N. La Cañada Drive in response to a report of counterfeit money. The employee told police that she was trying to put money into an automatic safe but the money continued to be rejected. There was five-dollar bill that was yellow in color and appeared to be counterfeit. The bill also did not have a security strip or have a feel consistent with a real dollar bill. The case was forwarded to secret service.



On Monday, May 20, at about 8:50 a.m., Marana police responded to Redeemer Lutheran School, 8845 N. Silverbell Road, in response to graffiti. Police were shown the graffiti on the slide and tunnel of the playground equipment. All the writing was done with a black marker with the words, “For a good time call…”, “Your momma,” and some small drawings of penises. The officer offered to clean up the graffiti, and did so, while at the school.


On Monday, May 20, at about 12:29 a.m., Marana police saw a man riding a bike on a sidewalk, against traffic, along Thornydale Road without a headlight. When police stopped the man, he told them he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. He allowed police to search his backpack, which he said he found in a dumpster by a nearby car wash and didn’t know what was in the backpack. He did tell police that he did put some tools, cookies, a bottle and cans in the bag. While searching the bag, police found a bag with about 2.6 grams of marijuana. He was arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail for his warrant and for possession of marijuana. 

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