Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Is That a Steak in Your Pocket, or are You just Happy to See Me?

Norman, OK - Man stuffs steak down pants and proceeds to pepper spray security.

According to court records, Brian Michael Dressler, 27, walked into the Homeland grocery store on January 26 and headed directly to the meat counter.

Allegedly Dressler took a $12 steak and stuffed it down the front of his pants - (note to readers; this is not the recommend method of marinating a steak).

As Dressler was leaving the store two employees attempted to detain him.

Reportedly, Dressler then "pulled out a small can of pepper spray and sprayed both [employees]."

Dressler has been charged with larceny, two counts of assault and battery and public drunk.

RDC: Drug Dealer Beats Man Over Debt

Norman, OK - This one will be filed under "Really Dumb Crooks" (RDC). Here's a tip to drug dealers that beat up customers who owe them money - don't stand on your balcony bragging, "I beat his ass!" as police are below investigating the crime.

According to court records, police were called January 27 to the Sunrise Ridge apartments on Hal Muldrow Drive in Norman at about 11:30pm in reference to a fight.

When police arrived they found a man lying on the ground "with large lacerations to his head."

Police also reportedly heard Erick Raymond Grubbs, 22, yelling "'...I beat his ass...' repeatedly as he stood on the balcony outside his residence."

Police reported that the victim had apparently gone to Grubbs' apartment "to discuss with Grubbs his inability to pay an outstanding drug debt."

Apparently Grubbs was not in a forgiving mood as witnesses reported he and two other men began beating the man.

It is alleged that Grubbs used a police style baton to hit the victim at least 15 times, causing the injuries to the victim's head.

Grubbs has been charged with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Grubbs was released on a $15,000 bond.

OU Student Charged with Embezzling from Best Buy UPDATE: Guilty Plea

Norman, OK - Norman resident and student of the University of Oklahoma is charged with going on quite a shopping spree at the local Best Buy where he worked.

According to court papers, Zachary Eaton Williams-Kupec, 19, allegedly stole over $3,000 worth of merchandise from the Best Buy electronics store in Norman from December 1, 2006 to January 7, 2007.

Kupec, listed a junior in the College of Fine Arts at OU, was fired when he was reportedly caught "attempting to steal an XBOX 360."

Prior to Kupec's firing, the store had experienced a number of thefts where the retail packaging was left hidden in the store's stockroom.

According to police, when Kupec was interviewed he admitted to stealing over $3,000 worth of merchandise.

Items taken included; numerous DVDs, Sony Playstation and Nintendo Wii game cartridges and a prepaid cellular phone.

It was actually the cell phone that was Kupec's undoing.

Reportedly, a stolen phone was found in the Best Buy stockroom. Though the phone had not yet been activated, the memory showed that two calls had been attempted - one to Kupec's residence and the other to his personal cell phone.

Once the gig was up, Kupec reportedly returned all of the stolen merchandise to the Norman Police Department.

Kupec has been charged with felony embezzlement.

UPDATE: 1/2/08 - On 4/4/07 Kupec pled guilty to the felony charge of embezzlement. Kupec was given a deferred sentence of one year. Despite his guilty plea, a man claiming to be Kupec has written SideBarBlog insisting the public record recounting his crimes are false and he expects his record to be expunged after serving his deferment.