Police Beat (09/27/13)
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 11:09
All signs point to alleged theft in FIJI basement
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, two OPD officers were driving in the area of University Avenue and Withrow Street when they observed two males walking down Withrow carrying what appeared to be house signs, OPD said.
The officers followed and stopped the pair when they walked onto a crowded front lawn to show off the signs. According to OPD, senior Hunter Coe was flashing a sign, which read, “Hell for Sigma Chi.” When questioned by the officer, Coe said his possession of the sign “Wasn’t a big deal” because the house used to belong to his fraternity. Coe’s alleged partner, senior Gerald Becker, was holding a wooden drawer covered in signatures and dates and a ten-inch wooden cross, OPD said.
The duo said they had been walking back from the RedHawk football game when they saw the items in question lying on the current FIJI fraternity house’s front lawn, 401 E. Sycamore St., according to OPD. The officers said they coincidentally had just driven past the house and had seen no such pile of objects in the lawn. Coe then stated by lawn, he meant basement.
Having told the officers he entered the residence, one officer asked, “So you committed burglary?” Coe said no, claiming the items belonged to him, according to OPD.
The two were taken into custody and driven to OPD. After the pair was read their rights, Becker told the officers that they went into the basement through an unlocked side-door and took the objects. According to OPD, the FIJI president also verified a missing eight-ball.
Coe and Becker were arrested for burglary and taken to the Butler County Jail, according to OPD.
Babbling suspect barfs during fingerprinting
Around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, OPD responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of E. High St. En route, the officers were advised that the male suspect was in the middle of the street, OPD said. When the officers arrived, they observed a male matching the suspect’s description already talking with another officer.
First-year Edward Ellis stumbled toward the officer, dragging himself against the fence around the old FIJI house. When speaking to the officer, Ellis leaned against the fence for balance. Ellis was asked for identification and produced a completely incoherent response, OPD said.
When asked again for identification, Ellis handed the officer a credit card from behind his phone case. The officer told him that was not going to work, and asked what was behind the bulge in his front pocket. Ellis pulled out a wad of cash and a Md. driver’s license with a picture not matching his own, OPD said.
When handing the ID to another officer, she grabbed Ellis’ arm to prevent him from falling over. When asked his age, Ellis said he was 19, according to OPD.
As the officer attempted to help Ellis into the cruiser, the suspect fell onto the car. With Ellis finally sitting upright in back, the cruiser pulled out. At the first turn, Ellis plopped over, OPD said.
With assistance into the station, Ellis began to throw up during fingerprinting. OPD called the life squad. While EMTs were in transit, Ellis began to babble incoherently. He was taken to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital and was cited for underage offenses, OPD said.