Oro Valley

On Thursday, Dec. 22, at 9:11 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to a theft of a purse from a shopping cart at the Ross store at 10575 N. Oracle Road. The victim said she left her purse in her shopping cart and went to a nearby store. When she went to make a purchase, she realized she didn’t have her purse. She went back to Ross where she found her purse in a Target shopping cart outside of the store. She looked through and found that a $20 bill was missing, but her credit cards, debit card and social security card were still inside the purse. Due to the quality of surveillance cameras, police could not identify any suspects or tell if she had her purse when she walked into the store.

On Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 3:15 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to a fight at 1500 Pusch Wilderness Drive. The caller, who said he had been punched by a man, who he identified by name, left in a white Denali. As police approached the area, they saw a vehicle matching the description. Police stopped the vehicle, which was driven by the man named by the victim. He was placed in handcuffs for his safety. The suspect said he had got into a verbal argument with the victim. The two had recently worked together and the suspect had recently fired the victim. The suspect slapped the victim’s hat and sunglasses off his head, causing a scratch to his new sunglasses. Police did not notice any marks on the victim’s face or marks on the suspect’s hands. The victim wanted to press charges and the suspect was arrested for touching with the intent to provoke, cited and released.

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 4:09 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to the 11900 block of North Potosi Point Drive in response to vandalism. The victims said they were asleep at about 4 a.m., when they were awoken to the sound of a crashing noise followed by the revving of a car engine heading north away from their house. The victims then found a 2-foot by 5-foot window in their spare bedroom had been broken using a large rock, which was on the bedroom floor. The cost to replace the window is about $200.


On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Marana police responded to a theft call at the 5500 block of West Copperhead Drive in reference to vehicle damage. The female victim reported being robbed at Costco earlier in the day. The victim explained that at 1:30 p.m. that day she arrived at Costco and went into the business. She stated that when she exited the business at about 2 p.m., she observed that her vehicle had new damage to the right rear bumper. She also noticed that someone had left a note on her car. The note read a license plate number, stating that a third-party had seen that car hit the car while the driver was talking on the phone. The witness did not leave any contact information.

The officer looked up the license plate number, and went to the suspect’s home. He found no one home, and the car in question was not parked in the driveway. The officer also called both phone numbers on file with no luck.

The investigation is still open. The officer plans a follow-up visit to the suspect’s home.

On Friday, Dec. 17 Marana police responded to a suspicious-vehicle report at Barnett/Lon Adams. Upon arrival, police found the vehicle was stuck in a drainage ditch. The vehicle was removed and stored. The owner was notified. When police arrived on scene at 5:38 a.m., officers noticed the silver Pontiac had a front tire stuck in the drainage ditch on the north side of the road facing west. The vehicle was located just east of the intersection. There was no damage to the vehicle or to the concrete drainage ditch. Police were successful in contacting the owner, who advised she had been driving west on Barnette from the frontage road. She advised she had just finished talking to a friend on the phone when she dozed off while driving. She drove off the road and her front tire went off the road into a drainage ditch. She was not able to get out of the ditch, so she told police she locked the car and walked home.

Police asked the driver if she had been drinking since they smelled an alcohol odor. She first advised she had not been drinking, but later on admitted to drinking five hours prior to contact with police. Officers stated the suspect also had blood-shot and watery eyes and she had a slight sway while standing.

Police conducted a preliminary breath test, and results indicated her blood alcohol content was .057. Police advised her she would not be able to drive again until she sobered up. The car was towed for safe keeping.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. Marana police responded to a report of theft at the 6900 block of North Thornydale Road. On scene, police met with the victim who said her purse had been stolen from the employee locker room at Culver’s. The victim wasn’t sure who might of taken it, but said it had her wallet with credit cards, license, debit cards and a prescription of Dizaepam. Police made contact with the restaurant manager, who said he checked video footage, but there are no cameras in the employee locker room. The incident concluded with no arrest.

On Monday, Dec. 19 at 11:23 p.m. Marana police responded to a hit-and-run report at Northwest Hospital. Upon arrival, police were advised that the supposed accident occurred at 2 p.m. At the hospital, police went to meet with the victim who was in x-rays. Hospital staff then advised the police that the victim was a regular visitor of the emergency room, and that he was bi-polar and schizophrenic.

After meeting the victim, he told police he was riding with a friend and her daughter earlier in the day when they were hit by another car at Ina Road and Meredith. He told police he waited to go to the emergency room because he did not start feeling pain until 8 p.m.

The case is pending on a follow up with the drive of the car he was supposedly riding with.

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