MARANA

On Monday, July 27 at 7 a.m., Marana police responded to the 6600 block of North Casa Grande Highway where an employee from the California Portland Cement Co., reported a theft. Once there, the man told police that about 500 feet of copper wire had been stolen from a crushing machine. Police were able to follow a pair of tire tracks leading to and away from the machine. The employee told police that he did not have any idea who might have taken the wire. The estimated value of the copper wire was about $2,000. No arrests were made.

On Tuesday, July 28 at 2 p.m., Marana police responded to a skate park located on the 8900 block of Coachline Drive where residents had complained about ongoing events at the park. Officers in an unmarked car parked in the parking lot and saw a truck with two men sitting inside and two more standing outside. The officers saw the men passing between them and smoking what appeared to be marijuana. Police approached the truck and questioned the men, who initially denied they were smoking marijuana. Officers then asked if the men had any drugs in the truck. One of the men gave the officers a bag with pills that he said were Percocet, a prescription painkiller. Police then asked the men where the marijuana was, to which they said it was under the seat. Police found a small amount of marijuana under the seat. The driver of the truck said the drugs were his and did not belong to the other men. He was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and released.

ORO VALLEY

On Saturday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m., a man went to the Oro Valley Police Department building to report an assault that occurred on July 24. The man told police that he was assaulted while working at the Fry's grocery store on La Cañada Drive. He said that while working a night shift, he watched a man enter the store and place a bottle of whiskey in his pants pocket. The Fry's employee confronted the man, telling him to relinquish the bottle. The man refused and then began to throw candy at the employee. The man then punched the Fry's employee, hitting him in the chest and causing him to fall backward into a rack of wine bottles. Several bottles fell to the floor, breaking and spilling wine. The man then ran from the store to a car waiting in the parking lot and fled. The employee told police he did not seek medical attention right away, but the following day realized he was experiencing some pain and went to a doctor. His injuries were not serious, he told police. He described the man who assaulted him as white, five-feet eight-inches tall, 160 pounds and between 16- and 18-years old. He said he would be able to identify the man if he saw him again. A review of in-store surveillance cameras did not show the assault. No arrests were made.

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