A summary of recent police activity in the area.


On Tuesday, May 5 at 5 p.m., a man in the parking lot of the Oracle Crossings shopping center flagged an Oro Valley police officer. The man, speaking only Spanish, told the officer that he was the victim of an assault. The man told police that he worked nearby at Saffron Indian Bistro restaurant, where his boss had struck him on the arm and face. The man told police that his boss often hits him, sometimes with kitchen utensils, and that he had witnesses to the assault. He told police he wanted to press charges against his boss, but later said he would not. Police later went to the restaurant and spoke to the owner, who denied the assault and initially said he did not know the man. Police then spoke to three other employees of the restaurant who told officers that the man was an employee and that earlier they heard him arguing with the restaurant owner. The restaurant owner then told police that he had fired the man who claimed he had been assaulted. Police asked one of the other men, who spoke limited English, if he was an undocumented alien, to which he replied "yes." A second man also told police that he was an undocumented alien and that the restaurant owner paid each of them $400 every two weeks and paid the rent for their apartment. One of the men also had an outstanding warrant for possession of marijuana. No arrests were made.

On Wednesday, May 6 at 10 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Walmart Supercenter at Oracle and Tangerine roads, where a store employee reported an incident of shoplifting. The employee told police that two women appeared to be shopping together, but suspiciously were filling their baskets with the exact same items. The pair then split up, one taking her cart and paying for the items while the other waited. The woman who paid then returned to the store and gave her receipt to the other woman who did not pay for her items. The two then left with the second cart. Store employees were unable to stop the women before they left without paying for approximately $109 worth of merchandise. Store employees said they have seen the women at the store in the past and believe one might work at a neighboring store in the shopping center. No arrests were made.

On Saturday, May 9 at 9:30 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to an apartment complex on the 8800 block of North Oracle Road, where a resident reported finding a handgun in the parking lot. Upon arrival, police took the weapon from the resident, who said she found it while taking her morning walk. Police checked the serial number on the Hi-Point 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, which did not come up being reported missing or with any warrants connected to it. The weapon was checked in as evidence at police headquarters.

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