It’s The Night Before Christmas

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It’s the night before Christmas, and many of you are finishing up on your holiday shopping. I know several of you that did not even start shopping until today. Good luck. It’s been an interesting week so far. It started out with Lt. Miller stopping off at a local grocery store on his way home from work. He finally got home at 2 AM. Seems the guy in line ahead of him was buying gift cards with prepaid credit cards. Which makes no sense, and the alert cashier brought it to his attention. So the LT. observed the vehicle they got into, gave the tag number to a local officer, and since the tag ended up being suspended, the vehicle was stopped. It was occupied by two Eastern Europeans with fake ID’s, and lots of gift cards loaded with stolen credit card numbers…somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000 worth. So they were using these bogus cards to buy legitimate gift cards. We are never off duty.

With the bad weather, along with extra heavy traffic, we have had several motor vehicle accidents around the Big City. We had one with injuries on South Spencer at the river bridge. A gal lost control of her vehicle (while driving on a suspended license with no insurance and bald tires) and struck the bridge, impaling her car on the guardrail. This saved her car – and her – from ending up in the river. She was transported by EMS with non-life threatening injuries. We have also assisted the Highway Patrol with several 10-50’s (cop talk for a motor vehicle crash). If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in one, please be patient, as they have been very backed up with calls.

We received a domestic violence call at one of our apartment complexes. A couple was arguing over their cat, which had pooped on the floor. No charges were filed against the cat, or anyone else.

We would like to thank one person who assisted us in capturing her for an outstanding bench warrant by making a left turn from the center lane of E. Main Street. She, too, was driving on a suspended license. Her car was towed and she was given a courtesy ride to 950 California Avenue. I’m not sure if they will be serving any figgie pudding for the holidays, though.

We hope everyone enjoys their holiday time off with friends and family! We would also like to thank all of you who brought us goodies to the police department. We have enjoyed them. I have also heard from several officers from several different departments that people having been coming up to them and thanking them for what they do. This truly means the world to us, and we thank you for taking the time to let us know.

It’s Christmas, but we will still be out and about.

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