Throwback Thursday: All the odd news not fit to print

2014-02-06T12:11:00Z Throwback Thursday: All the odd news not fit to printKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 06, 2014 12:11 pm  • 

Many Tucson-area police reports just don’t make the cut for the newspaper, nevertheless, they offer curious insights into our community.

Here are a few unusual reports that came into the Pima County Sheriff’s Department way back in November.

After someone chucked a pumpkin at a southwest side home, the resident called 911 to request a deputy come over and fingerprint the broken bits of gourd. The woman had previously called the sheriff’s department when her home was egged.

An east side woman called 911 to report that someone had stolen fake grass from a neighbor’s backyard, then put it back again. She thought it was suspicious.

A woman on the southwest side report that her car had been stolen, but called the sheriff’s department the next day to say never mind. She had just forgotten where she parked it.

A number of people reported receiving threatening emails and phone calls from individuals wanting money, including:

— A man claiming to be from Microsoft called an east side couple at their home and offered to fix non-existent computer problems for a fee. When the husband demanded to know the caller’s name, the caller, who had a “Middle Eastern accent,” told him: “I work for the Taliban. I’m going to plant a bomb on your screen.” The caller then hung up.

— A Green Valley woman got a phone call from someone who said, “Hello, grandma, this is your oldest grandson.” The woman asked if it was her grandson Nick, and the caller said it was. The “grandson” told the woman and her husband that he was in jail in Mexico City and to expect a call from the U.S. consulate. A short time later a man called back claiming to work for the consulate. He told the couple to wire nearly $2,000 in bail money to Haiti. They tried to, but Western Union would only allow them to wire $1,000.

— An east side man reported receiving 50 or so phone calls over a period of several months from a man with a Jamaican accent who demanded money or he would “come over and kill everybody.”

— A Foothills man was watching a movie on Netflix when a link popped up on his computer stating he had accessed child porn and his computer was being locked down. The pop-up window offered to unlock his computer for a fee. The man neither accessed the porn, nor paid the fee. Instead he reported it to the sheriff’s department, and then called customer support.

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