Police Beat: 05/05/17

Of the air

 

Tuesday, May 2, and police were called to the Office Depot parking lot at 1:30 p.m. A woman was passed out in her car, officers were told, and one of the car windows was “busted out.” As the officer was en route, he found out police had earlier that day responded to a call where a woman had been “huffing” an air duster and had passed out in her car at Faulkner Plaza and Oak Street. At that time, a witness had broken out the car window because the woman was inside passed out and the car was running.

Shortly after that incident, police were called to a Taco Bell on Oak Street, the report continued, being told a car with a broken window was in the parking lot with a woman passed out in it. When officers arrived the car was gone.

Now police had been called as the same car was in the Office Depot parking lot. This time the officer arrived and the woman was (still) passed out in the car. As the officer checked, he spotted 10 cans of duster throughout the car, scattered from the front seat, across the console and onto the back seat. At least some of it, the officer reported, appeared to have been recently purchased at the nearby office supply store. It was obvious the can had been used in the car, as the seals for them were scattered about inside the vehicle.

(“Huffing” is the act of inhaling the contents of a spray can in order to experience the intoxicating effect of the propellant as it replaces oxygen in the lungs. Air dusters are especially popular for those who engage in such, as they have slightly more propellant than other types of spray cans plus there’s no other chemical to interfere with propellant inhalation, such as paint. Huffing is well known to cause permanent brain damage and can be fatal.)

The woman, 49, who apparently came to and was checked out by an ambulance crew, then released, was arrested for Breathing / Inhaling Intoxicating Chemicals and taken to jail. Her car was impounded, and pictures were taken for evidence.

Mom’s way

An apartment manager called police Tuesday evening, May 2 at 6:05 p.m. about being threatened. An officer arrived and spoke with the manager.

The manager said he had been in an argument with a woman who was upset about a “prior incident” at the apartment “involving her daughter who is a resident at the complex,” the report stated.

The man told police the woman complained to him that he was not — as the apartment manager — doing enough to protect her daughter. This escalated into an argument, in public, directly outside the apartment offices, he told the officer the report stated.

As the argument grew heated, the woman, using terms both vile and obscene, told the man she was going to kill him. The woman was gone by the time the officer arrived.

The apartment manager was given a report number.

Less than good intent

Police were called to the Goodwill store on Sanders Street regarding a shoplifter Tuesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. As officer arrived, two of them “made contact,” in that formal language of police reports “with a female in the parking lot.” One of the officers, the one not writing the report, asked the woman, who told him she did not have ID, and gave a name. Police ran the name and found out the person before them was most certainly not the person whose name they had been given.

They searched the woman, 33, and there, on an EBT card in her pocket, was a name. They ran that name and realized the person standing before them was the person named on the card. They asked and the woman told them she gave the fake name because she was scared. Thus established, the reporting officer went inside the store and spoke with the person who called in the shoplifting report.

The man told the officer the woman had come inside the store and selected “numerous items” from the inventory which she then took into the bathroom. Once in the bathroom, he told the officer, the woman stayed in there for “about 30 minutes,” the report stated. She then left the bathroom with a bag of clothing — the bag also having been taken from store property — and walked out of the store, at which point she was “approached about the shoplifting,” he told the officer, the report stated.

The woman was arrested and jailed, charged with obstructing government operations (due to the fake name thing) and theft of property.

Alarming

Police were called to Kroger on Oak Street having been called on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:24 a.m. The manager of the store who called in the complaint said a woman was in the store who had previously been criminally trespassed from the place.

The officer arrived on scene and spotted the woman, who was still inside, by the cash registers. As the officer watched the woman moved to leave the store, but at the exit the security alarm sounded as she tried to pass. The manager, the officer reported, suspected the woman had stolen something from the store.

The woman was arrested, being in violation of a trespass warning. She was jailed, the report concluded.

 

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