Grandmother’s Credit Card
Thursday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m. – 1300 block of Third Street Promenade – Officers detained a man who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. While he was looking for identification, the man opened his backpack and displayed several knives still in store packaging with REI sales tags. Officers noticed that that he was wearing brand new clothing, also with REI sales tags still attached. He claimed to have purchased the goods with his grandmother’s credit card, but had no evidence of that fact. Follow-up investigation at REI determined that all $840 worth of goods the man had – including 14 knives – were missing from the store’s inventory. He was arrested for possession of stolen property…and public intoxication.
Charging Cell Phone Battery
Friday, November 2 at 9:20 p.m. – 800 block of 11th Street – A witness telephoned police and reported a man in the laundry room of an apartment complex who appeared to be breaking into the laundry machines. Officers responded and detained the man as he was leaning over one of the machines. He said he was looking for a place to charge his cell phone battery. He had a syringe and a knife in his pocket and a screwdriver, pliers, and a flashlight in his backpack. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, and on warrants.
Tuesday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. – Parking Structure 6 at 1431 2nd Street – A man and woman were riding up the elevator on the way to their car when three persons (“Suspects”) got on and engaged them in rather aggressive conversation, making the couple fearful. They got off at the first opportunity, but so did the Suspects. The man told the woman to run for their car, and he then ran in a different direction; the Suspects ran after him. One of the Suspects pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband. They took the man’s cell phone and additional property from his backpack and then fled on foot. Officers on patrol saw one of the Suspects running, looking over his shoulder, at the same time that a radio call went out describing the robbery and a description of the Suspects. When the running man entered a business in the 200 block of Broadway, the officers detained him and the victim later identified him as one of the Suspects, but not the one with the gun (or the stolen property). He was arrested; the other two remain at large.