Blotter Top 3: Family crimes and traveling
Even though Thanksgiving weekend is supposed to be slow and peaceful – too much alcohol can make even a Zen meditation class go awry. That – plus an out-of-town petty thief – below!
#1: Thanksgiving Starts and Ends With Family
One New Jersey family set a fine example in the wee hours following their Turkey Day gathering. Early Friday morning at approximately 1:30am, officers spotted a gaggle of seven disorderly drunks at 214 Washington St. and attempted to disband the group.
Instead, one young man “Little Brother #1” shouted expletives at the cops and grew belligerent. Arrest #1 – cited for Obstructing and Disturbing the Peace. Like any good Big Sis would do, though, Little Brother #1’s Big Sis stepped in to resist his arrest. Not the best idea. She soon became Arrest #2 – cited for Obstructing.
Big Sis’ Boyfriend didn’t like that one bit, however, soon becoming irate. Boyfriend assaulted an officer, and claimed “it will take more than one of you to take me down!” True enough, two officers took Boyfriend to the ground. Arrest #3 – cited for Obstructing and Aggravated Assault on an Officer.
All three were then transported separately to headquarters for a nice Turkey Day doggie bag of “tough guy” processing. If that wasn’t tiring enough, Little Brother #2 was issued a Summons as well for Disturbing the Peace, and was sent home to enjoy leftovers all alone.
#2: Twins Show the Love; the Law not so much
One man in particular would not cease yelling after the group dispersed and caused public alarm. Officers arrested Brother #1, flaring arms and all, charging him with Disorderly Conduct. It was later learned that prior to police arrival, his twin “Brother #2” had been involved in an altercation resulting in a bloody nose.
Well, you know what they say: “Blood’s thicker than water, and when one’s in trouble best to seek out a relatives’ open arms” (or in this case, a relative’s swinging fist).
#3: Civil Chicago Shoplifter Makes Stop in Hoboken
At approximately 11:30pm this past Sunday evening, a nice young man from Chicago, Illinois stopped in at the Rite-Aid on 1300 Willow Avenue, and proceeded to stuff his gray backpack with merchandise. Upon being approached by the Loss Prevention Agent, the young man feigned his intention to pay, but then submitted and waited in the office while police were called. Upon the search incident to his arrest by the HPD, it turned out the actor had brass knuckles.
Things never turned ugly, though, and this guy didn’t waste anyone’s time or energy with a chase through town or up the cliff. Hoboken petty thieves could really learn a thing or two from these nice Midwesterners.
Incidentally, in Chicago most items in a place like Rite-Aid are locked behind Plexiglas, so this man probably found us equally accommodating in Hoboken, NJ.