Would You Believe . . . ?
Wednesday, May 23 at 9:00 p.m. – 1000 block of 5th Street – Police responded to an apartment complex where residents explained that they had seen an unfamiliar gentleman in the laundry room. When questioned by residents, he had said that he was the guest of a tenant. He had later told another tenant that he had moved in to No. 328 (which did not exist). Thinking the fellow’s behavior suspicious, one of the tenants called SMPD, resulting in this visit.
The officers spoke with the individual in question, but could not determine whether any crime had been committed, and no one was willing to press charges, so the gentleman was ID’d and released.
Then, at 10:45 that night, police were called by a woman at the apartments who had heard of the earlier incident and now reported that when she later went to get her clothes out of the dryer, she found that there was clothing missing. She described the missing clothing, which included black running pants and a black shirt . . . Right, Agent 99! That’s exactly what the fellow had been wearing when the officers interviewed him.
Police found him in the 400 block of California Avenue, still wearing the garments. He was detained, and, in a field show-up, the clothes were positively identified by the woman who had called the police the second time. The gentleman was arrested and booked for burglary. Also found in his possession were some rolled-up women’s underwear which was later determined to belong to the same woman.
Wednesday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. – Bank of America at 1301 4th Street – A woman walks into a bank. She goes up to the teller and attempts to cash a $640 check. The teller, noticing some inconsistencies in the formatting of the check, telephones the alleged maker of the check and the owner of the account on which it is drawn. He denies ever having written such a check and further disavows any knowledge of the payee’s name. Moreover, he goes to the bank (he lives nearby) and states that he does not recognize the woman. Police are summoned. The woman is arrested and booked for 1) forgery, 2) attempted grand theft (over $500), 3) possession of forged checks and 4) burglary – entering a building (any building) with the intent to commit theft (any theft).