Police Beat (10/18/13)
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 02:10
Scrap-happy truck driver found with bikes, kegs
At 9:15 a.m. Saturday, an OPD officer observed a red pickup truck driving around the north side of Oxford. The officer said the driver appeared to be picking up scrap metal.
The same officer saw the same truck traveling east on High Street., 15 minutes later. The officer counted three bicycles and saw a heap of scrap metal in the truck bed, according to OPD.
The truck committed a traffic violation, and the officer executed a vehicle stop, OPD said. The officer said he believed the three bikes were not good condition and that they weren’t fit for scrap.
When asked from where he had acquired the bikes, the driver said he took them from “the alleys.” Despite prompts, the driver could not produce specifics, OPD said. He was asked to exit the vehicle.
It was at this point the officer noticed more metal, this time, inside the cab. There were two kegs of beer in the back seat, according to OPD. The driver said he had found them that morning.
The kegs and the bicycles were impounded by OPD, and the driver, along with his passenger, was allowed to leave in their truck.
OPD is actively investigating the impounded items. One keg was found to have been stolen from a porch on Elm Street.
Charges are forthcoming, according to OPD.
Mama Mia! Here he goes again, out window
At 12:36 a.m. Wednesday, an OPD officer was hunting down a person wanted for failure to appear in court on charges of felony breaking and entering and violation of probation, OPD said.
The male was found near his residence, and the officer identified himself and notified the suspect of the active warrant in his name. The male asked the officer one favor before being arrested.
The suspect was allowed to enter his apartment to tell his mother he was being arrested and taken to county jail.
According to OPD, the officer waited in the doorway to avoid contact with a large Pitbull that lived inside. The male entered his mother’s bedroom and closed the door behind him.
At this point, another officer arrived, and the primary informed the newcomer to check the back windows to ensure the suspect was not trying to escape.
Sure enough, the suspect was found hanging out of the window. He was arrested and taken to Butler County Jail.
Dispute over ID ends in its disappearance
At 2:06 a.m. Wednesday, two OPD officers responded to Brick Street Bar and Grill, 36 E High St., in reference to a dispute between a bartender and patron regarding the validity of an ID.
Upon arrival, the officers observed two bar staff members arguing with a white male near the patio entrance.
The officers split up, one identifying the issue and the other identifying the suspect, who was found to be 19 years old.
The male reeked of alcohol and wore two bar wristbands, indicating he had used illegal methods to obtain them, according to OPD.
The ID in dispute could not be located, so the suspect was only cited for underage offenses, and was not cited for certain acts prohibited, the charge normally associated with possession and/or use of a fictitious form of identification.
He was released.