Police and Crime

Oro Valley

On Feb. 6, at 12:45 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to a call regarding suspicious activity. The responding officer pulled over a Chevy Malibu, occupied by five male juveniles. The adult driver handed the officer a bag of marijuana and a small digital scale, along with a partially burnt marijuana cigarette. The driver acknowledged that the drugs and paraphernalia was his. The driver told the officer he knew four juvenile occupants of the vehicle as students as Canyon Del Oro High School. Upon running their records, it was discovered that one of the occupants had a warrant from Gila County. That individual was placed under arrest, and the driver of the vehicle was cited and released for possession of paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 


On Sunday, Feb. 10, at 6:58 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to Marshall’s, 7900 N. Oracle Rd. in response to a theft in progress. Police came looking for a tall, skinny, white male in his late 20s who left with a bag of items from the store and left in a white Chevy pickup. Police were unable to find a vehicle or person matching the description given. The store did not want to be a victim and did not want to prosecute if they found the suspect.


On Monday, Feb. 11, at 1:53 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Trader Joe’s parking lot at 7912 N. Oracle Rd. in response to a report of indecent exposure. The victim told police she arrived at the store’s parking lot at about 1:30 p.m. As she pulled into her parking space, a man in a car pulled into the parking space directly in front of her. As she got out of her car, the man smiled. The victim then walked past the man’s car. She then noticed that his pants were around his knees and he was masturbating. Police searched the area but were unable to find the car or a suspect matching the description given. 


Pima County

On Feb. 2, Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Walmart in reference to shoplifting. The responding officer arrived as the two female suspects were attempting to leave the store. The officer pursued the suspects until they stopped and were questioned. The loss prevention employee told the officer the two had been in the store for nearly three hours, and repeatedly opened and concealed merchandise before attempting to leave. The two suspects were cited – one for shoplifting and the other for facilitation of shoplifting. They were both trespassed from Walmart. 


On Feb. 1, Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call referencing a domestic dispute. The reporting party told officers her son pulled a knife on her husband after an argument relating to house upkeep. Her husband stepped into the son’s room as the confrontation became more heated, at which point the son told his father he would cut him in his sleep, at which point police were called. The son was arrested as a result of the incident. 


On Jan. 31, Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call referencing larceny at a Circle K. As an officer was driving northbound on Oracle Road, he noticed the suspect vehicle fleeing from the scene. An Air Unit began following the suspects while the officer pursued the vehicle in his patrol car. The suspect vehicle was stopped and three occupants were removed from the vehicle at gunpoint. The officer noticed trash bags full of stolen items in the vehicle. All three suspects were read their rights and detained for larceny and drug paraphernalia. 


On Jan. 29, at 4:41 a.m., Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call referencing a burglary at a residence. The responding officer met with the homeowner, who stated that as he was going outside to leave for the gym, as he opened the garage door, he saw another man in his garage. The man, described as Hispanic, fled on foot. The homeowner gave chase. At one point, the suspect tripped and fell, then reached for his backpack and told the homeowner he would shoot him. The homeowner then backed away, stating he never actually saw a gun. The scene was photographed by the officer and inspected for fingerprints. 


On Jan. 28, at 6:53 p.m., Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call referencing a domestic dispute. The responding officer met with the reporting party, who stated he and his father had been in an argument over rent and chores. The subject told police his father began to curse at him, and shoved him against a wall, then began throwing his clothes outside. The subject also told police his father wanted money to pay off a dope dealer, as his father is addicted to crack cocaine. Officers then questioned the father, who denied any allegation of a physical confrontation, and said it was his son who was the instigator. The two were told to separate for the night. No arrests or citations were given.


On Jan. 26, at 3:27 p.m., Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in reference to a fight in progress at Walmart. The responding officer made contact with the store security representative, who stated that while attempting to detain a female shoplifter, the shoplifter began to try pushing her way out before being detained. The officer placed the suspect in the back of his patrol car while collecting further statements from Walmart staff. The suspect was ultimately cited for shoplifting and assault.


On. Jan. 25, at 11:05 p.m., Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call referencing a burglary in process on the 2300 block of Ina Road. En route to the scene, officers were informed that two suspects were seen running out of a house holding a television. The homeowner told police he had been at a friend’s house, but was only gone for about 20 minutes, at which time the robbery occurred. Items missing included the television and a reflex bow, a total value of about $674. Officers photographed the scene and noticed potential fingerprints. No suspects were identified at the time, though the victim indicated his ex-girlfriend might be involved. He declined to provide police with her name. 


On Jan. 22 at 9:05 p.m., Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in reference to an assault. According to the victim, he and his family were leaving Walmart when two men approached him from behind. One of the men punched the victim in the back, at which point the victim began struggling with the suspect. The second suspect then began to hit the victim before telling him he had a gun. The two suspects then fled to the rear of the store. The victim described the first suspect as a male, 17-20 years of age, and the second suspect as an African American male, about 6’1” and thin. No suspects were taken into custody, and the victim declined medical attention.


(Editors Note: The reports are compiled by Randy Metcalf, he can be reached at rmetcalf@explorernews.com)

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