Abilene Police: Theft, DWI and criminal trespass cases reported

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Officer Jeremy Holmes responded to a shoplifter call at a business in the 1600 block of Hwy 351. An asset protection employee had contacted APD dispatch and advised them that two female suspects were detained for alleged theft. Officer Holmes' investigation revealed that both suspects were observed selecting merchandise which they both placed into a shopping cart. The suspects then pushed the cart out of the store without rendering payment for said merchandise. Approximately $285 of stolen merchandise was recovered. A records check revealed that one of the suspects had an outstanding municipal arrest warrant. Both suspects were arrested for misdemeanor Theft.

At about 7:10 p.m. Sunday, APD dispatch was contacted by a concerned citizen that was following a red Honda. The citizen alleged the driver of the Honda was intoxicated and would further report the vehicle speeding while traveling on West Lake Road towards Ambler Avenue. Officer Brandon Scott responded to the call and eventually spotted the vehicle in question. Officer Scott contacted the male driver in the area of Ambler Avenue and West Lake Road. Officer Scott smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and also observed that the driver displayed indicators of intoxication. An open alcoholic beverage container was also observed inside the vehicle. The driver agreed to perform only a portion of the standard field sobriety tests, which he performed poorly. The driver was arrested and a records check revealed the driver had three previous DWI convictions. A mandatory blood specimen was taken for analysis as part of the investigation. The driver was booked on the offense of felony DWI based on his previous convictions. This investigation continues.

At about 12:40 a.m. Monday, Officers Adam Richardson and Darrin Ruiz responded to a criminal trespass call at a residence in the 1700 block of North 6th Street. An apartment maintenance worker contacted APD dispatch advising that he had observed a male subject inside of an apartment that was not currently rented. The subject's description was provided to Patrol Division officers. Officers arrived to find said subject inside of the apartment. The subject told officers he gained entry through an unlocked door. The investigation revealed that the door in question was actually sealed with screws and would have prevented the access. A witness and the owner of the apartment complex were contacted. The subject was warned not to return to the apartment and was arrested for misdemeanor Criminal Trespass.

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