This week in Cops Corner...
8:06 a.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard
Narcotics offense. Police found a small clear plastic bag with meth residue while searching a 21-year-old man who was being arrested for "skip-scanning" over $200 worth of items from a local supermarket. The young man told police he "found that bag on the ground," according to his arrest report. Officers also found a syringe, rubber tourniquet and what they believed to be small pieces of marijuana.
The man found himself in this situation after he and another man took items off store shelves, removed their labels, and hid them on their person. The store's loss prevention officer saw them in both the sports and craft sections of the store. Both were taken to jail.
7:35 p.m. — First block of West Granada Boulevard.
Information. A local restaurant manager called police after a 33-year-old man continued to call the business telling the manager "he didn't know who he was dealing with and that he would back with his 'heater,'" according to a police report, due to him getting kicked out. This went on for about an hour.
Earlier in the night, the manager had approached the man at the restaurant bar shortly after noticing a woman and a child joining them. By that time, the man had been at the restaurant for an hour, according to the manager, who then asked the woman if she had also been there for a while drinking. The manager said he was concerned because of the child, police report.
The man, woman and child then moved from the bar to a table, and another bar patron sat down where they just were. The man overheard the bar patron making a comment about the child being at the bar, and the two got into an argument, which resulted in the man getting kicked out of the bar. He left without paying his tab, but told police he didn't have a chance to pay it before getting kicked out, according to the police report.
The man told police that he was upset because the bar patron said something to the child. The restaurant didn't wish to pursue charges; the manager just didn't want the man to come back. The man was okay with that — he said he would not give them more business.
Get to the Choppa
12:37 a.m. — 600 block of John Anderson Drive
Fleeing/attempting to elude. Police discovered a 25-year-old Holly Hill man bore the street name "Choppa" while trying to track him down after he fled from the scene of a crash. Police spotted the man speeding north on John Anderson, bypassing all stop signs. The man ignored police, who tried to initiate a traffic stop before he crashed by activating the patrol car's lights and siren.
After he crashed near Riverbreeze Boulevard, the man fled on foot, jumping a privacy fence where officers lost track of him. His partner was left at the scene and aside from telling them his street name, she offered no more information.
Police later found "Choppa" inside a trash can. He was taken to jail.