Oro Valley

On Wednesday, Nov. 7 at about 3:15 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to a call of suspicious people at the Walmart at 2150 E. Tangerine Rd. The store manager said two men who were in the store had been shopping for more than an hour and acting strange. One of the men was carrying a baseball bat and mumbling incoherently and had white power-like substance on his nose. Police talked with the man with the bat who had a shopping cart with items in it, but told police he was simply shopping and planned to pay for the items. He appeared to be nervous and spoke to police very quickly. Within the cart was an un-purchased tool bag that was zipped closed. The bag was filled with new un-purchased items. Also in the cart was an empty lemonade bottle and empty snack wrappers. The man was placed under arrest. The other man was not involved with the shoplifting. While searching the man, police found a bag of a white substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. He had .54 grams of meth and had $1,454.29 worth of items in his cart. He was later transported to the Pima County Adult Detention Center.


On Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m., the student resource officer at Canyon Del Oro High School was informed of a fight that happened in a classroom and the two students were already in the administration building. In an earlier class, weightlifting, one student took the other student’s cellphone, but the phone was put back in the owner’s locker by the end of class. The two had a verbal altercation with insults, along with one trying to instigate a fight. After which, one student called the other a racial slur and they began to fight. Both were arrested for disorderly conduct fighting and paper referred to the Pima County Juvenile Court and released to their parents.


On Monday, Nov. 5, at 9:44 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to a house on West Wheatgrass Place in response to a report of an ongoing problem with barking dogs. When police arrived, they parked away from the area, and listened for barking dogs. What they heard was someone loudly whistling from behind the house that reported the noise. Police then knocked on the door of the house with the dogs but the owner was not home. Then, a person in the backyard of the reporting house ran inside and the whistling stopped. A man and woman came out front but did not see the police officer and began to discuss that they saw someone out front. They then went back inside and slammed their front door. The homeowner of the dogs arrived and told police they have spent hundreds of dollars on barking collars and fences. She puts them in their kennels when they begin to bark.



On Nov. 18, at 4:19 p.m., Marana police responded to Ina Freedom Self Storage in response to a report of a male in the process of spraying graffiti near the back of the business. Upon arrival, the officer did not locate anyone matching the description as provided by a witness. The officer noticed several areas that had been damaged by pink and black spray paint, including one area reading “Thor.” Photographs were taken to be held as evidence.


On Nov. 19, Marana police responded to a call in reference to criminal damage to a vehicle. The victim told police after he woke up he noticed his rear window had been shattered. The vehicle was parked in the driveway with the rear window facing the street. No items were taken, and no entry was made. Damage was estimated between $300-$400. No suspects or witnesses have been reported. 


On Nov. 19, at approximately 4:40 p.m., Marana police responded to a call in reference to criminal damage. Upon arrival, the responding officer met with the female homeowner, who stated she had left her home at approximately 4 p.m. and when she returned, her husband told her the power had been turned off in the master bedroom. The female checked the electrical panel and noticed the padlock she had placed there had been broken off. No suspects were identified, but it was noted that bicycle marks were seen leading into the gravel going from the panel to the sidewalk.


On Nov. 20, at 8:05 p.m., Marana police responded to AMPM on Orange Grove in reference to a theft complaint. The reporting party told police a male subject was believed to have concealed food in his pocket before exiting the store without paying. The subject was matched to a white pickup truck. Another officer made a traffic-stop on the vehicle after it reportedly ran a red light while traveling 80 miles per hour. When the officer pulled the vehicle over, one of the two male subjects fled on foot, but eventually returned, and was detained. A crack pipe was seen by the officer on the seat of the car, along with syringes and the bottom of a soda can with burnt residue. The officer interviewed each of the three passengers, citing the driver for possession of a prescription drug.


On Nov. 21, Marana police responded to Fry’s Grocery store in reference to an apprehended shoplifter. The responding officer made contact with the store manager, who stated he caught an elderly woman shoplifting from the store. The manager said the woman had repeatedly stolen from the store, but that she unable to be caught until this incident. The woman acknowledged she intended to steal and had stolen before, claiming she did not have enough money for food due to her high costs of prescription medicines. The subject was cited and given the phone number for the Marana Food Bank.


On Nov. 21, at 10:45 a.m., Marana police responded to PetsMart in reference to stolen wood pallets. The responding officer made contact with the store manager, who stated that sometime between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., an unknown person stole 25 to 50 pallets, and that each time pallets were placed outside, they would be stolen. An anonymous suspect was identified, and the officer informed the manager he would inform the officers on patrol at the time of the theft what has been occurring.

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