COPS CORNER 04.24.17

One woman allegedly tried stealing from a pharmacy store and one car decided to take the fast route ... through a blocked-off construction site.

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  • | 11:46 a.m. May 10, 2017
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April 22, 13720 block of West Colonial Drive. At approximately 8 a.m., a law-enforcement officer responded to a call at a pharmacy store in reference to an unwanted person who had spent three to five hours in the store. The officer was advised by the complainant that the customer had been asked to leave multiple times, but the customer refused to do so. An employee stated she noticed several opened packages of merchandise in the restroom’s trash bin, which the customer had vacated. A search of the customer’s purse produced multiple hypodermic needles, clear baggies with suspected heroin and multiple items that store employees confirmed matched the packaging in the restroom’s trash. The items were a portable blue tooth speaker, body spray, false nails and deodorant totaling $67.24.


April 23, West Colonial Drive. At 11 p.m., an officer was on duty ensuring vehicles avoided travel on Clarke Road’s southbound lanes on West Colonial Drive, which were blocked due to construction. A vehicle approaching the intersection drove into the construction site on a lane that had just been milled. Construction workers wearing orange reflective vests and waving light wands instructed the driver to stop but the driver did not stop and instead continued east. The officer pursued the vehicle and conducted a stop. The officer approached the car and recognized the odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from the interior of the car and found three occupants with bloodshot eyes. The driver, speaking with a slurred speech, informed the officer that they had attended a party, and he had personally consumed three beers. The driver was secured into handcuffs after failing to perform sobriety exercises correctly. The driver’s breath test resulted in readings of 0.135 and 0.137.


April 19, Conroy Windermere Road. At 10:08 p.m., an officer conducting routine patrol on Conroy Windermere Road observed a car traveling east and conducted a tag check, which showed the registered owner possessed a learner’s permit that had expired in 2008. The officer conducted a traffic stop and requested assistance from a Spanish-speaking officer. The driver informed the Spanish-speaking driver that he was driving because he had to work. The driver was arrested for driving without a valid license.


Contact Gabby Baquero [email protected]


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