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APD: Overheard Conversation Leads to Drug Bust

A concerned citizen calls police after they overhear customers at an Abilene convenience store discussing a future robbery.

Tuesday morning at about 11:40 a.m., Officer Jeff Bell responded to a shoplifter call at a business in the 4700 block of Southwest Drive. A loss prevention employee notified APD dispatch about a male suspect attempting to steal a pair of shoes. Officer Bell arrived and contacted the involved parties. Officer Bell’s investigation revealed that a male suspect had been observed selecting and hiding merchandise items under his clothing. The suspect had removed tags and security devices from the merchandise and left the store without rendering payment. The investigation also revealed that the suspect left the store while wearing a pair of stolen shoes. Approximately $233 of stolen merchandise was recovered. The suspect was arrested for misdemeanor Theft.

Tuesday evening at about 8:55 p.m., Officer Ed Cutbirth conducted follow-up on a fugitive believed to be at a residence in the 1300 block of Poplar Street. Officer Cutbirth arrived at the residence and observed a male subject fitting the description of the fugitive. Officer Cutbirth approached the subject and obtained the subject’s name; the same name of the fugitive. Officer Cutbirth attempted to place the subject under arrest and the subject attempted to pull away. The subject was physically restrained by Officer Cutbirth. The subject’s identity was confirmed and the subject was arrested for an outstanding probation warrant (felony Possession of Methamphetamine).

Wednesday morning at about 2:30 a.m., APD dispatch was notified of a disturbance at a business in the 3400 block of Ambler Avenue. A concerned citizen reported three subjects at the store and that a conversation between two of the subjects who went into the store allegedly involved mention of robbing a store and the sale of illicit narcotics. A description of the vehicle was obtained and provided to Patrol Division officers. Officer Chris Jennings responded to the disturbance and conducted his preliminary investigation. The subjects and the associated vehicle were no longer at the store when Officer Jennings arrived. However, as Officer Jennings left the store he spotted the vehicle involved in the reported allegation and conducted a traffic stop in the 2500 block of N. Willis Street. Officer Jennings contacted the male driver and smelled the odor of burning marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The occupants were detained and they were searched, along with the vehicle. A search of the driver revealed a small quantity of marijuana, along with a pipe used to smoke narcotics. A search of the female passenger revealed she was in possession of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Small square plastic baggies were also found to be inside the female subject’s purse. A records check revealed that the driver had six outstanding municipal arrest warrants with fines totaling $2,020. The driver was arrested on the warrants and for misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. The passenger was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine).

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