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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:00 am

On Tuesday, July 26, at about 4 p.m., members of the Oro Valley police Community Action Team were surveilling a suspect who was driving his car. After noticing the suspect speeding and driving erratically, officers pulled over the suspect. When they asked the suspect to step out of his car, the suspect reached over to the glove compartment, grabbed something and attempted to hide it as he dropped it on the floor. When asked what he was trying to hide, he told police it was a small amount of marijuana. The suspect then got out of his car, apologized for trying to hide the marijuana, and told police they could search his car. Police found “four pieces of usable marijuana and two prescription-only pills,” according to police reports. The suspect was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of a prescription drug and speeding, and released.

On Monday, July 25, at 5:09 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to 7872 N. Oracle Road in response to man walking in and around stores with a large gun. The 31-year-old started talking with people sitting in front of a furniture and housewares store; he then pulled out a Saiga assault rifle from a case. He started pulling back the action of the weapon and putting a loaded magazine into the gun. At that point one person said to him, “If you put that in, we’re going to have some problems.” The suspect then said, “You are so focused on this (referring to the rifle) that what you need to be worried about is this,” and pointed at a Glock 9mm pistol on his hip. People told the suspect to leave, and he walked into a cigar store with both weapons. At that point, police arrived and took the weapons. They then handcuffed the suspect without incident. The suspect was arrested for threats and intimidation involving a firearm, and booked into Pima County Jail.

On Monday, July 25, at about 7:40 a.m., Oro Valley police spoke with a person over the phone who believed she was the victim of a scam. She told police that she received a phone call from someone claiming to represent the Publisher’s Clearing House of Canada. The caller told her she was the second-place winner of $450,000, but would need to send $1,000 in order to receive the money. The victim sent a certified check to an address in New Mexico. She was then was contacted a few days later by a man claiming to be with the American Sweepstakes in Georgia. The caller said he was delayed by customs in Alabama and would need $6,000 in order to clear customs with the money. She did not send any more money. Police called both numbers, which did not work. The case was closed due to a lack of information.

On Sunday, July 24, at 5:29 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the 700 block of Annandale Way in response a house alarm going off. Police found the back door forced open, but found no one inside the house. A K-9 unit was called to search the area where footprints were seen. Nothing had appeared to have been taken. No arrests were made.

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