West River Road and North La Cañada Drive, Aug. 11, 9:31 a.m.
The owner of a carpet-cleaning service told authorities that a man he fired made a bogus service request for a 17-bedroom house on the eastside, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report said.
The owner told a deputy that he first thought the phone call was a serious customer. He alleged that the person on the other end of the line, who reportedly sounded familiar to him, said his house had been flooded.
The potential customer provided the owner with a six-digit address, the record stated. A subsequent check by the owner showed no six-digit addresses on Tucson's eastside.
When the owner called back, he alleged that the man told him that he couldn't come to his house, but that he could meet him at an intersection. When the owner confronted the caller about his identity, the man reportedly said, "Well, you're not bonded anyway." The caller then hung up.
In addition to the alleged phony service request, the ex-employee reportedly made a phone call asking the owner to meet him at a Quik Mart so they could fight. The ex-employee told him about his brawny brother, who is supposedly 6 feet 2 inches tall and 250 pounds, in an attempt to intimidate him, the owner claimed.
You Never Know Who's Listening
East River Road and North Sabino Canyon Road, Aug. 15, 8:03 a.m.
After allegedly having his home business telephone line hacked into, a Tucson man claimed he overheard two men talking about an expensive drug deal, a PCSD record stated.
Several days before notifying authorities, the man said, he got an answering machine message in which two men allegedly conversed about hacking into his phone line.
Two days later, the man told authorities, his phone rang. When he picked up, he claimed he overheard one man calling another about someone owing $28,000 for "crystal meth."
The man believed that the callers thought his line was located in a business establishment because, he claimed, they talked about the necessity of using it later than 5 p.m. --after business hours.
According to the record, Qwest Communications "didn't seem to know how somebody could hack into his land line, but said that they couldn't do anything about it until he made a police report."
Creepy Crawler Collateral
West Valencia Road and South Mission Road, Aug. 15, 5:48 p.m.
A woman alleged that her pool man took her Creepy Crawler pool cleaner because she hadn't paid her bill, according to a PCSD report.
The pool man, who the woman claimed was also owner of Pools Plus Inc., reportedly told her she could have it back when he received a check in the mail.
A deputy phoned Pools Plus Inc., but could only reach an answering machine.