February 10th, 2012
#4102 The Urn
“A lady came into our Walmart automotive for an oil change when we noticed an urn in the front passenger seat next to a Pringles can. There is a name written on the bag sealing the urn.”
February 13th, 2012
#4103 12 Items Or Else
Police in Kendall County, Illinois said Friday that they were investigating whether an off-duty officer drew his firearm and pointed it at a pregnant woman because she had more items than Walmart recommends for self-checkout lanes.
Nicole Thurmond and husband Jason were reportedly checking out recently at a Walmart store in Oswego, Illinois when a man confronted them wearing civilian clothing, not identifying himself as an officer. The couple said it was only after his gun was drawn that the man told onlookers he was a police officer.
Nicole Thurmond told NBC Chicago that officer Craig French just walked up to her and said, “Don’t you know how to count? You are holding up the whole store.”
When her husband returned from getting an item they forgot, he described the situation he encountered as “a guy in her face, yelling at her.”
Jason Thurmond, an African-American man, reportedly pushed the man away from his wife. That’s when the gun was allegedly drawn. In the ensuing moments, Thurmond claimed that the officer asked if he was on welfare.
At that point, Nicole said she turned around “because I was afraid if it did go off, at least it hits my backside and not in the front where my baby is.”
Jason Thurmond was subsequently arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. The couple has filed a formal complaint, which sparked the inquiry.
February 20th, 2012
A man who allegedly told Ogden police that they had nothing better to do than chauffeur him around town found out that police do occasionally give rides — to jail.
Ogden police said the 27-year-old man decided about 5 a.m. Friday to walk about seven blocks to the local Walmart, apparently not realizing it wasn’t open 24 hours.
When he discovered the Walmart was closed, the man called 911 and ordered dispatchers to send an officer to drive him home, police said.
At some point a police sergeant got on the phone to tell the man that officers don’t provide that type of service and that he needed to stop calling 911 when there wasn’t an emergency. The sergeant then offered to call the man a cab, police said. The man refused and continued to insist that an officer come pick him up because they “have nothing better to do,” police said.
Just a week prior, police said an Ogden officer had warned the same man — and his neighbor — to stop calling 911 when there wasn’t an emergency. The two had called police because they were having an unspecified dispute. So when the man continued to tie up the line Friday morning, Ogden police said they sent an officer to Walmart to pick up the man.
The officer arrested the man on suspicion of abuse of a 911 system, a class B misdemeanor, and gave him a ride to jail.