Police Blotter

Some friend: A man lent his silver 2005 Dodge Durango to a friend, who said she needed to borrow it to drive to Idaho Falls. She did in fact drive to the Idaho metropolis, but then decided to keep the vehicle. On Oct. 21, three weeks after the friend borrowed the SUV, it was recovered in Blackfoot, Idaho, about 25 miles south of its original destination. The “friend” was with the vehicle and arrested on charges of possession of a stolen car.

Flying high: Transportation Security Administration officers were attempting to shut off an alarm in a South Lake Tahoe, California, man’s bag Oct. 22 when they found a glass jar containing a “green, leafy substance,” said Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz. The California man was cited for possession of a controlled substance. “You can’t fly with your marijuana,” Schultz said.

But is it art?: Officers responded to a report of shoplifting at 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Mountain Trails Gallery. Gallery employees reported that the woman had stolen a statue of a mouse valued at about $200. When officers contacted her, they found 5.2 grams of marijuana and 0.2 grams of a crystalline substance (which she claimed was baking soda), but no mouse statue. The La Mesa, California, woman at first denied having stolen the mouse, Schultz said, but she then led officers to a self-serve newspaper distribution box where she had hidden it. The woman was cited for possession of marijuana and shoplifting.

Find My iPhone: The owner of a smartphone lost it Oct. 21, but the next day the Find My iPhone app showed that the phone was at a stranger’s house. After using the emergency ring function and hearing the chime from outside the house, the phone’s owner called police. Whoever had taken the phone was renting the house, so the homeowner was called to come down and retrieve it. No charges were filed.

Keep the dope at home: A Jackson man was pulled over Thursday night for not changing lanes to give a stopped emergency vehicle space. When a canine officer alerted on the vehicle, the driver said he had nothing in the car. However, upon inspection, officers found a vape pen with an unknown liquid and a clear small tube from a Washington dispensary. He also had a backpack that smelled of weed, though it had no marijuana in it. The man was on unsupervised probation, so even though he wasn’t cited, the incident was reported to his probation officer, and he “may find himself back in court,” Schultz said.

Expensive eats: Officers were dispatched to Jackson Whole Grocer because a white male in his late teens was seen on surveillance footage taking food and walking out without paying. Officers contacted the school resource officer, who identified the kid, then they gave the teen a citation for shoplifting and notified his parents. He stole a rice bowl, burrito, bag of chips and some mochi ice cream. Grand total: $22.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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