COPS CORNER: Suspect's 'ginger ale' turns out to be actual booze

Also in Cops Corner: Man admits to 'stupid' sunglasses theft.

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June 12

Man admits to 'stupid' sunglasses theft

4:30 p.m. 400 block of South Oceanshore Boulevard

Retail theft — shoplifting. A man grabbed a pair of sunglasses from a display in a beachside convenience store and walked out without paying. The store owner alerted a police officer, who found the thief on the beach, the sunglasses perched on his head, according to the officer's report.

The suspect, a 42-year-old man, admitted that he'd stolen the sunglasses, telling the officer that he "knows it was stupid," according to the officer's report.


June 13

Suspect tries to pass himself off as his relative to cop who knows the relative

12:48 a.m. 7700 block of U.S. 1 South

Escape/attempted escape. A deputy on road patrol noticed that a trailer hauled behind a pickup truck had no trailer lights, and the driver had the truck's hazard lights on. 

The deputy stopped the car, and noticed that a man in the passenger's seat wasn't wearing a seatbelt. 

The deputy asked the man for his name. The man stated a name — an uncommon one which the deputy recognized because he knew someone with that name.

But the man the deputy knew with that name was clearly not the man sitting in the passenger seat of the truck.

The deputy had the man step out of the truck, and the man admitted that he had an active arrest warrant for failing to appear in court, and had used a relative's name.

The man tried to flee by running across the street, but was tackled by a highway patrol trooper and arrested.


Suspect's 'ginger ale' turns out to be actual booze

1:11 p.m. First block of Memorial Medical Parkway

Disorderly intoxication. A woman caused a disturbance at a hospital, swearing at patients and staff. 

She was drinking from a bottle of ginger ale. 

Deputies arrived and noticed that she smelled of alcohol.

They checked the bottle of "ginger ale." The woman had replaced the soda with booze. A deputy arrested her. 



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