Weekend Crime

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wal-Mart greeter noticed ‘big pants’

By Jason C. Mattox

A Memphis man was arrested at Batesville’s Wal-Mart Sunday for allegedly attempting to walk out with 48 CDs stuffed into his pants.

Rodolfo Espinoza was stopped by a door greeter when the store’s security system went off, according to a Batesville police report filed by patrolman Shenika Hudson.

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Espinoza, who had purchased one CD, is charged with shoplifting 48 more valued at $493.59.

The shoplifting suspect eventually admitted to possessing more than the one purchased CD, according to the report, though he at first told the greeter “No” when asked if he “had anything else.”

The door greeter “noticed that his pants legs were big,” the report states.

 The store’s assistant manager was summoned by the greeter then notified the police.

Patrolman Hudson said she and Lt. John Miller searched Espinoza and found the CDs.

In other police activity from the weekend:

•    Daniel Dewayne Barmer was arrested Sunday while traveling west on Highway 6 and was charged with DUI.

•    A fight on a school bus Friday afternoon resulted in three juveniles being charged with disorderly conduct and eventually released into their parents’ custody.

•    An alleged altercation between a former couple resulted in Courtney McCullar being charged with public drunk after the boyfriend, who was not identified in the report, did not press charges for damaging his vehicle.

•    Two females had their purses and other items stolen from Baymont Inn and Suites including $340 in cash, two ATM debit cards, a credit card and an iPod valued at $200.

All items were found in the dumpster except a purse, the cash and the iPod.