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Crime Police Blotter

Police Blotter: Cheesesteak hero, a dirty crime, and more

June 3rd, 2014 11:51 pm by Staff Report

Police Blotter: Cheesesteak hero, a dirty crime, and more

Dusted off, tried again. Police arrested a man who Wal-Mart personnel said they saw try to steal five cans of air duster by hiding them in a store bag and leaving. Though the crime would normally only warrant a citation, police said he was arrested because it was the second time in less than two months the man had tried to steal air duster from a Wal-Mart location.

Armies march on stomachs. Employees of a local Charley's Philly Steaks told police a man came into their store and demanded a free sandwich because he was a veteran. Police said the employees told them the man told them and their customers that he was a trained killer, and he was owed for his service. The employees said the man eventually brandished a knife he had concealed under his shirt, but never threatened to harm anyone. The man was given a sandwich, after which, he left.

The plate was the only thing not lit. After pulling a woman over for not having her license plate illuminated, police said, she was shaking and appeared nervous. When she was asked if anything illegal was in the car, police said, she handed the officer a glass pipe with burn marks. When she stepped out of the car, a white container fell out with her, which, police said, she told them was cocaine. A search of the vehicle yielded the discovery of crack pipes, a syringe, another glass pipe, a spoon with white residue and burn marks, and three shortened straws.

Instant regret. A woman called police after a man sent her a text message telling her he was sorry about her car. When she went outside to check it, she saw the rear right tire was slashed. The next morning, after police left, the woman called again to say her front passenger tire had been slashed.

Who put that house there? Police were called to the scene when a car crashed into a trailer off of South Roan Street. The driver left the scene, but, police said, he was found at a gas station near the trailer. Police said the man appeared intoxicated and, after he failed field sobriety tests, he was arrested.

Friends don't let friends drive ... just sit. Police said they found a drunken man sitting inside a car while its alarm was blaring. When officers looked for the vehicle's keys, police said, they didn't find any, but the man told them that a friend had taken them. The man was arrested for public drunkenness.

The world is against her. A woman called police to report that her ex-husband had been stalking and harassing her. She told them, police said, that her house had been broken into several times, and that items ranging from legal documents to jars of mayonnaise had gone missing. She then told police that she thought it was one of her son's three friends, who lived in the area, or one of their mothers who was breaking in. She said she didn't know how they could be connected to her ex, but that she knew that they were. The woman added, police said, that, for three years, a friend of hers had been poisoning her coffee with eye drops, and it had resulted in a debilitating illness from which she was only then recovering. Police said a criminal investigator would contact her if an investigation began.

The Police Blotter is comprised of reports from the Johnson City Police Department.

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