On Saturday, Sept. 2, at about 9:10 p.m., Oro Valley police pulled over a vehicle for having a cracked taillight, resulting in a white light at the rear of the vehicle, which is a violation. While talking to the driver, police noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car. The officer told the driver what he smelled and asked him to hand over the marijuana and anything else he had with it. The driver gave the officer a small baggie of marijuana and two glass, smoking pipes. He was arrested, cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, not having his driver’s license in his possession and a white light at the rear of his vehicle, and released. After doing a field sobriety test, the driver was released from the scene.
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 1:55 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Target store at 10555 N. Oracle Road in response to a shoplifting in progress. When police arrived, they waited with the store’s loss prevention employee until the suspected shoplifter approached the restroom area of the store. Before going into the restroom, she was asked to go to the loss prevention office. The loss prevention employee asked the woman a series of questions and then told her that he saw her take a “Desperate Housewives” series DVD set, valued at $39.99, and a Madden 12 Xbox video game, valued at $59.99. She was arrested for shoplifting, and was cited and released. She was told she will be cited for trespassing if she returns to the store.
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 12:22 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the 2000 block of Romero Canyon Drive in response to vandalism. When police arrived, they met with the victim, who said her landscaper asked if she had put a chemical on her pistachio tree because it smelled of kerosene. The victim also told police that her Hollywood juniper trees had their tops cut off a month or so before. Police could smell the chemical, and the odor was strongest nearest the tree. She valued her pistachio tree at $120 and the Hollywood juniper trees at $100. Police asked other neighbors in the area if they had similar vegetation damage; no one had.
On Monday, Aug. 29, at 6:28 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the 1900 block of West Golden Rose Place in response to an assault with an Airsoft gun at a nearby neighborhood park. Police met with the woman, who said about 20 minutes before, three boys shot her 12-year-old son with Airsoft pellets. When her son came home, he had welts on his chin, stomach, arms and back. When police asked to talk with her son and take photos of the welts; she said her son was too shaken up to talk. She told police she did not want to press charges.
On Monday, Aug. 29, at 2:51 p.m., Oro Valley police talked with a person by phone who said he had $300 stolen from his car. The victim told police he had taken his car to an auto shop near Oracle and Magee roads for an oil change. After the oil change, which took about 45 minutes, the victim went home and noticed that the money was missing from the center console of his vehicle. Police met with the manager of the shop and the two mechanics who worked on the car. The mechanics said the vehicle was a work van and didn’t have a center console. Police then talked with the victim, who could not explain over the phone exactly where the money was placed in the vehicle. After reviewing surveillance footage, police closed the case due to a lack of evidence and leads.