Senior citizens charged in store robbery http://www.privateofficer.com
Three senior citizens were allegedly caught red handed trying to steal from a Stockton Costco store, according to authorities.
Shoplifters charged with fraud http://www.privateofficer.com
Two Pontiac men have been charged with shoplifting, one of them a felony, in connection with an incident at the Rochester Hills Wal-Mart store Jan. 15.
Charlie Odneal, 27, was charged Jan. 17 with first-degree retail fraud, a 10-year felony. Johnas Taylor, 25, was charged with second-degree shoplifting, a 93-day misdemeanor. Each was held on $2,500 cash bond; Odneal has since posted bond and been released.
Detectives at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said the two men were observed inside the store as they allegedly removed a phone and a PlayStation 3 controller from their packaging and attempted to conceal them. But they realized they had been observed and left the store without the merchandise. They were confronted by an employee, who told them police were on the way.
Taylor allegedly said he had a gun and couldn’t stick around. The men fled but were caught near Auburn and Adams roads. In the car was merchandise believed stolen from another Wal-Mart store.
“You don’t have to actually take something from the store to be charged with shoplifting,” said Lt. Ray White. He said the act of concealing merchandise, even if unsuccessful, qualifies as retail fraud.
White said both men have extensive criminal records. Odneal was charged with the more serious offense because of previous convictions. Taylor was also charged with driving with a suspended license.
Odneal is scheduled to appear before 52-3 District Court Judge Julie Nicholson Feb. 9 for an exam on the charge. Taylor is scheduled for a pretrial, also before Nicholson, on Feb. 5.
Possible gang fight at NJ mall leaves 2 stabbed http://www.privateofficer.com
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The Jersey City police said that two teens were stabbed at the Newport Centre Mall Saturday night during a melee that involved at leat 18 persons and was reported to be a gang fight.
Responding to a disturbance on the first floor of the mall around 8:53 p.m., police and mall security found a 15-year-old boy who had been stabbed in the stomach, reports said.
Another juvenile, of unknown age, ran from the mall after being stabbed and went to the Jersey City Fire Department station on Marin Boulevard.
Additional police units responded to the area and rounded up some of the teens.
One of the victims told police that he was with three 15-year-old friends when around 15 males approached them. One youth wearing a ski mask and with his forearm in a cast asked if he was affiliated with a certain street gang and then stabbed him, reports said.
Police didn’t say if any arrests were made and are still continuing their investigation.
Man assaults Russian Ballet member and security guard http://www.privateofficer.com
The man allegedly threw punches and slapped people, injuring two men and a ballerina from the troupe, in town to perform “Sleeping Beauty” at Northrop Auditorium.
The 28-year-old man also allegedly hit a black security guard and made what a police spokesman calls “some racially based statements.”
The police report says five people were hurt.
Sgt. William Palmer says when a group of about 20 people, including dancers with the Russian troupe, entered the Doubletree Guest Suites early Sunday, the man made statements that “led them to believe he was upset because they were speaking Russian and not English.”
The man and a 27-year-old man he was with were both were arrested.
A representative with the Russian troupe said the dancers were fine and en route to a new engagement.
AZ. teacher arrested for luring student for sex http://www.privateofficer.com
A 49-year-old female teacher from a Phoenix elementary school was arrested at a hotel Saturday after luring a 14-year-old boy there through text messages that portrayed herself as a sexually active teenager, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Rosanna Brown of Chandler, an English teacher at Ed Pastor Elementary School, 2101 W. Alta Vista Road, admitted to having sexual relations with the boy, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Brown on suspicion of crimes against children involving sexual conduct with a minor at the Best Western Hotel, 5300 S. Priest Drive in Guadalupe near the Tempe border, said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Brown is being held in the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail without bond.
Brown had checked into the hotel on Saturday and when the boy arrived at the hotel, he claimed the room was dark, and believed he was having sex with a teenage girl, Arpaio said. But then the boy realized it was his English teacher, Arpaio told the Tribune.
After the boy left the room, he told his mother, who came to the hotel and confronted Brown, Arpaio said.
When deputies arrived at the hotel, Brown was hiding in a bathroom before she was taken away in handcuffs, Arpaio said.
Investigators discovered that Brown had been communicating with the boy through text messages in the days leading up to the incident
Arpaio said that Brown had been a teacher for 28 years, and deputies are continuing to investigate her background to see if there are any other victims.
Officials at Ed Pastor Elementary School were unavailable for comment.
“There’s too much of this stuff going on,” Arpaio said of educator sexual misconduct with underaged students. “If you look at local and national headlines, this sort of thing seems to be on the rise. This is the lowest form of humanity possible. If you can’t trust a teacher who can you trust?”
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Rookie officer arrested for trespassing at Shea Stadium http://www.privateofficer.com
Police said that three people, including the New York City rookie cop, were arrested by the security officer on charges they trespassed onto the grounds of the old Shea Stadium to take pictures.
Police say Probation Officer David Rosenberg, 24, his girlfriend, Lena Wentz, 22, and a friend Paul Guetter, 25, were issued criminal-trespass tickets early Friday.
The security officer said that they are not being charged with damaging or stealing property at the site of the Mets former ballpark but they did enter the property unlawfully.
As an officer, Rosenberg could be fired for even face a misdemeanor arrest.
Shea’s demolition is expected to be completed in mid-February, while the new Citi Field will open on April 3 with the Mets playing an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox.
Houston police on security detail shoot shotgun toting man http://www.privateofficer.com
Two HPD officers were working security jobs at the Copper Tree Village Apartments at 1415 West Gulf Bank near Damascus Drive.
They were told by several residents that a man was carrying a shotgun around the complex.
After a brief search of the property, the officers spotted the man in a courtyard.
“He just gave them a blank stare,” said Officer Chomiak with HPD. “One of our officers ordered the suspect to drop his weapon numerous times. The suspect refused, turned toward the officer pointing the weapon toward the officer.”
The officer, fearing for his life, then shot the suspect with his shotgun, striking him one time in the hip, according to Chomiak.
The suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he was last reported in stable condition. He is expected to survive.
No one else was hurt.
Chomiak said the suspect was visiting a relative who lives at the complex. Police don’t know why he was armed with a shotgun.
The officer will be assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation, a routine HPD response following officer-involved shootings.
911 Caller does dope deal while dispatcher listens http://www.privateofficer.com
He told a dispatcher that two men with guns were watching him about 10:40 p.m. near West 44th and Clark Avenue and hung up. The dispatcher called him back to get a description of the suspects. During the call, the man asked the dispatcher to hold on and made a drug deal, police said.
“What you need? A 10-pack? A 10-pack, alright,” a voice can be heard saying on a recording of the call. He said the cost was $75. A 10-pack is slang for a bundle of heroin.
The dispatcher redirected police to the caller.
“He’s in front of the Pit Stop selling drugs it seems like,” the dispatcher tells officers.
Patrolmen Edward Lentz, James Skernivitz and James Simone found the man crossing the street but didn’t find the gunmen. The officers found crack cocaine in his pants. The man didn’t have any identification.
So the officers had the dispatcher call the number the man used to call for help. The man’s phone rang. Simone believes the man expected the gunmen to rob him and steal the drugs. Dope dealers don’t often call the police, he said.
“He asked for help,” Simone said, laughing. “We came and arrested him. It’s amazing.”
The man had not been charged Monday night and was being held in the City Jail.
Shoplifter dies in struggle with Wal-Mart security http://www.privateofficer.com
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Authorities are investigating the death of an alleged shoplifter after he was involved in a fight with security officers.
Police said that the fight between a store security guard and the suspected shoplifter happened in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store at 8301 N. Church Road in Kansas City, near Liberty.
Police received a call about 8:30 p.m. that the alleged shoplifter had stopped breathing.
The person was treated on scene by paramedics and then transported to the hospital, where he was declared dead.
Loss prevention agents told police that the person had been involved in a theft and when security confronted him he began to fight with them and stopped breathing minutes later.
Right now, authorities are not releasing the person’s name and said that they are continuing their investigation.