2018-08-31 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres

Forest Drive: Police were called to a grocery store at midnight Thursday after employees saw a man on the premises who had been trespassed from the grounds. The employee said the man appeared to be “drunk” as well. When officers arrived, they approached the man to ask him what he was doing at a place he was clearly unwanted, but when they got close to him they realized how extremely inebriated the man was. His speech was so slurred they could barely understand him and he was having trouble standing on his own. He reeked of alcohol and when the officers pressed him for an answer as to why he was back at the store, he told them he had “forgotten” he was trespassed. Due to his state of intoxication, he was charged with trespassing and public drunkenness and taken to jail.

Forest Drive: A man was arrested after a short foot chase at 4 p. m. Wednesday. The 59- year- old man was approached by a department store loss prevention guard after the guard watched him stuff numerous articles of clothing in a store shopping bag and then exit without paying. The guard apprehended the man and alerted police and when officers arrived, the thief broke away from the guard and began to run. He ignored several commands to halt and kept going in and out of businesses, but he was finally detained when another police car blocked his path from an alley. Once he was detained and cuffed, he began to complain of “back pain” and requested a medical evaluation. He was taken to the hospital and while he was undergoing the assessment, a computer check revealed he had a long history of shoplifting and had 13 convictions on his record. He also had at least one warrant out for his arrest. He was taken to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center after the hospital cleared him and charged with another count of shoplifting and for resisting arrest. Almost $1,000 worth of store merchandise was recovered.

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