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POLICE WERE CALLED to a Skidaway Road bar on a report of an intoxicated woman whose purse had been stolen. An officer found the woman in the parking lot, where she was “guarding” her car.

She was extremely intoxicated, by her own admission, and her speech was slurred and she couldn’t stand without assistance. She had her purse, but said the keys to her car had been stolen while she was inside the club.

The woman said she didn’t know who had taken her keys, but she was afraid they would steal her car. She said she had a spare car key at her apartment, and that her neighbor had a spare key to her apartment and could let her in.

Police transported the woman to her residence while another unit stayed with her car. Once inside her apartment, she tried to find the spare car key, but couldn’t find it. The woman asked that her car be towed, and she was told to remain at the apartment. A tow truck was called, and the woman asked that the tow form be left on her back door.

When the tow truck arrived and began loading the car, a man came outside and asked why it was being towed. He said he had the keys to the car. He said he met the woman at the club a few nights earlier and was there with her again that night. She had given him the car keys because she didn’t want to drive while intoxicated.

The officer told the man he couldn’t release the car to him because the woman had called them and said her keys were stolen. She also denied she was with anyone at the club. The keys were turned over to the wrecker driver, who towed the car for safekeeping.

• A River Street business was robbed of $1,000. An employee told police a man identifying himself as “Kenny” walked in and acted as if he knew the business’s owner and asked for him by name.

When she said the owner wasn’t there, the man said he had been told by the owner that he could come in and do some work. She said another man would occasionally come in and do random work for the owner. When the suspect was told he’d have to come back and speak to the owner, he asked if he could use the bathroom and was told yes, even though it is for employees only.

After leaving the bathroom, the suspect quickly left the business. The employee thought it was odd because she never heard the man lift the toilet seat or put it down and never heard the toilet flush.

She went into the bathroom and looked in the place where the change and day’s earnings were kept and saw that the box was empty. She ran out of the store to try to locate the suspect, but couldn’t find him.

The owner was contacted and said he would have the actual worker come to the store to try to help identify the suspect. He didn’t arrive, and when police went to his regular place of employment, they were told the man had been fired after being arrested for a probation violation.

• An officer on patrol just before midnight saw a man walking south on Abercorn Street who was staggering into the path of moving traffic.

The officer pulled into a parking lot and went to investigate. The man nearly fell down in front of the patrol car.

The man was told to sit on the curb. He was asked his name, and if he was all right, and while the man slurred several things, his name wasn’t one of them.

The officer saw several minor injuries, including abrasions, on his right shoulder blade, right knee and swelling on the right eye. The man refused treatment by EMS.

He smelled strongly of alcohol, and appeared to be extremely intoxicated. All attempts to get any information from him were unsuccessful. He was arrested on a charge of public drunkenness and taken to jail. cs

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