Law and order briefs

2014-03-20T00:00:00Z Law and order briefsDesk Arizona Daily Star
March 20, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Officials seek info
on national park thief

The National Park Service is asking the public for help in identifying a person of interest in connection with thefts from vehicles at Saguaro National Park West.

A woman captured in a photo may have information regarding break-ins into unattended vehicles in late February and early March, said Andy Fisher, a Saguaro National Park spokeswoman.

“We are asking for our community’s assistance to identify this person of interest so that the perpetrator of this crime is held accountable,” Chief Ranger Paul Austin said

He said visitors should lock their vehicles and not leave valuables inside their cars while at the park.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call the park’s anonymous tip line at 733-8600.

Carmen Duarte

Gun lost by TPD officer

during chase is returned

A .40-caliber Glock lost by a Tucson police officer during a foot chase two weeks ago was returned by a man who said he bought it from someone else.

The officer lost the gun March 3 while chasing a man in connection with a theft and purse-snatching on the city’s west side, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. On March 5, the gun was recovered after a man told detectives he bought the gun earlier that day, Widmer said.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the gun call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Carmen Duarte

Woman pleads guilty

to felony animal cruelty

A Tucson woman has been found guilty of felony animal cruelty after failing to get veterinary care for her dog after it was hit by a car.

The mastiff mix was hit Sept. 30. Two days later, an anonymous call came in to the Pima Animal Care Center reporting the injured dog at a home in the 3400 block of East Milton Road, said Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department.

The dog was taken to PACC, “where his condition was determined too severe to treat” and he was euthanized, Rodriguez said.

The owner, Francisca Aguirre, 37, was arrested and pleaded guilty in January. Her sentencing is scheduled for April, Rodriguez said.

Kimberly Matas

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