6:34 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Battery. A man claimed he was punched after starting an argument with another man over his baggy pants. He said they agreed to fight in the parking lot, but things got heated quickly, and they started fighting on the beach. The man who threw the punch said the fight started after the man, who got punched, verbally abused the women the assailant was hanging out with, and he only hit him after the other man threw the first punch.
6:45 a.m. — 1500 Block of Boulevard of the Arts. Dispute/Fight. A man complained that employees inside an office were smoking cigarettes, which he claimed was in violation of federal law. The general manager of the office said it is not a violation because no food was being sold and the business is private. When the man was informed the office was not violating any laws, he argued it was a government building because there were government postings inside the lobby.
8:30 a.m. — 500 block of Kumquat Court. Petit Theft. A man stored his DVD player inside a church to charge it and then left the area. He returned an hour-and-a-half later to find that the DVD player and two DVDs were gone. Officers reviewed video surveillance, but it did not show the inside of the chapel.
HIT AND RUN
11:40 a.m. — 1300 block of First Street. Battery. A man got involved in a verbal altercation with another person in the computer room of a library. The person eventually slapped the man in the face before leaving the library. Police could not locate the suspect.
DRINKING AND RIDING
12:40 p.m. — 500 block of N. Washington Boulevard. Petit Theft/Shoplifting. A woman reportedly stole two cans of an alcoholic beverage from a convenience store. She was found with the two cans sitting by her leg. While in the back seat of the patrol vehicle, the woman attempted to drink one of the beverages while handcuffed. The beverage was taken from her and poured out.
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
4:30 p.m. — 5000 block of Barrington Circle. Dispute/Fight. A woman said she and her friend were sunbathing at her complex’s pool when a neighbor started yelling at her for being at the pool. The sunbathing woman said the neighbor had been harassing her for weeks, and that the neighbor tried to run over her friend with a motorized scooter. The neighbor told police the pool was closed until June 27; that the sunbathing woman swore at her; and that she left the area and called management. The neighbor denied trying to run over the woman’s friend.
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