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Abilene Police: Theft, DWI, drug arrests made

Published On: Jul 08 2013 12:59:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 08 2013 01:14:23 PM CDT
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From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 2 p.m. Sunday, Officer Jerame Montgomery responded to a theft call at a business in the 1400 block of Walnut Street. APD dispatch had been informed by a victim that property had been allegedly stolen from his business. Officer Montgomery met with the victim and learned that video footage from security cameras had captured the crime and that several thefts had occurred over a series of several days, starting on July 4. The victim had located a suspect vehicle involved in the incident a few blocks away from the business. This vital information was key in leading officers to the suspect’s residence in the 1600 block of Mesquite Street. Officer Montgomery’s investigation revealed that various types of metal products were stolen from the business and some of it was still present in the suspect vehicle’s truck bed. The male suspect from the incident was located at the residence and identified as the suspect seen on camera. Additionally, the suspect was still wearing the same clothing he wore during the theft that was captured on video. Detective Chris Collins from the Criminal Investigation Division was summoned to assist with the investigation. A portion of the stolen metals was recovered and valued at approximately $600. The investigation revealed that the suspect was directly involved in the thefts of said metal products. A records check confirmed that the suspect had previous convictions for the offense of theft. The suspect was arrested for felony Theft (enhanced) based on previous theft convictions. This investigation continues.

At about 10:55 p.m. Sunday, Officer Mary Guitar responded to a drunk driver call at a business in the 3300 block of South Clack Street. A concerned citizen had contacted APD dispatch after seeing a male driver almost back into her vehicle and then drive over the curb to a nearby business. The citizen continued to observe the involved vehicle, a Chrysler 300, after seeing the driver, and a passenger, leave the nearby business, alleging these persons were intoxicated. The citizen observed both of these males get back inside the vehicle and then begin driving again onto the public roadway. Officer Guitar had the exact description and license plate number of the involved vehicle. Officer Guitar was immediately able to locate the involved vehicle and she followed the vehicle a short distance, observing the vehicle driving very slowly, under the speed limit. Officer Guitar activated her emergency lights, but the motorist did not immediately pull over. Officer Guitar was able to get the vehicle stopped at the intersection of Catclaw and Bobolink Streets where she contacted the male driver. Officer Guitar observed that the driver displayed indicators of intoxication and had the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. The driver denied he had been drinking. The driver conducted standard field sobriety tests which he performed poorly. The driver was arrested for misdemeanor DWI and refused to provide a specimen of his breath or blood.

At about 11 p.m. Sunday, Officer Daniel Henning contacted a motorist in the 700 block of East Highway 80 for a traffic violation. Officer Henning contacted the male driver and another passenger during this investigation. A records check confirmed that the driver had an outstanding municipal arrest warrant. The driver was arrested. During the investigation, Officer Henning observed a baggie containing pills lying on the floor next to the driver’s seat. The pills were seized and the investigation revealed that said medications were identified as vicodin tablets. The driver could not produce a prescription for these medications. The driver was also arrested for misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance (vicodin).