Police Blotter

Flower thief: Police are looking for a man who stole $80 worth of potted plants June 4 from Kmart. They said he took an assortment of flowers from an outdoor area, put them in the back of his Nissan pickup truck and drove off.

Park hangs: Someone called police June 5 to report that a man went up to a young girl and introduced himself, and it seemed creepy. Officers contacted the man and his two friends, who were hanging out nearby. They had been drinking but weren’t highly intoxicated. However, one of the men was underage, so he was cited for being a minor under the influence. A 47-year-old from Butte, Montana, was cited for providing alcohol to the 20-year-old.

Babysitter needed: Officers responded to a house after neighbors said a 5-year-old boy was outside playing but his parents were nowhere to be found. The father returned a short time later and said the boy’s mom had to leave for a family emergency and there was a gap between when she left and when he could get home. The police informed the man that a 5-year-old should not be left without supervision but did not issue any citations.

Cleanup on aisle 10: Officers responded to Albertsons after employees reported a drunk woman lying down in the store. They also said she was trying to get into the men’s restroom. “She couldn’t answer what her name was,” Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt said. The 25-year-old Jackson woman had an empty whiskey bottle in her purse and blew a 0.377% on a breath test. She was taken to the hospital and then booked on a charge of public intoxication.

Speed trap: Last week sheriff’s deputies pulled over a man who, they said, hasn’t had a valid driver’s license since 1994. The Victor, Idaho, man has been arrested on DUI charges eight times since 1981, according to reports. He has been convicted four of those eight times. The 57-year-old had an empty can of beer and an unopened package of malt liquor in his car. He refused a blood test and a breath test and was arrested on a charge of DUI.

Lock-your-bike season: Someone’s bicycle was stolen Thursday from the rack in front of The Wort Hotel, Jackson police Lt. Roger Schultz said. The beach cruiser with a basket on the front is worth $600. Officers are reviewing surveillance footage to identify the suspect.

Fly high: Employees at Jackson Hole Airport found a plastic bag of marijuana stuffed into a toilet in a men’s restroom. It was taken for destruction.

Transparent: A man had the cops called on him Saturday because he was drunk and refused to leave Snow King Sports and Events Center. He started to fight with security, police said. The 37-year-old man’s T-shirt read, “I have issues.” He was arrested for public intoxication.

Teenage mistakes: A 19-year-old was pulled over for speeding in Wilson. He said he had not been drinking, but deputies said he smelled like alcohol. He blew a 0.163% and, on the way to the jail, said, “I f-ed up. I f-ed up hard. Drinking is one thing. Driving is another. I endangered people’s lives, and I understand that.” The man was arrested on a DUI charge, and his passenger, an 18-year-old female, was cited for minor under the influence.

Rubber pillows: Police responded at 3 a.m. Sunday because a man was passed out in a driveway, using a car’s tire as a pillow. Officers asked if he could stand up. “Probably not,” he answered. The 68-year-old was arrested for public intoxication.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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