Don’t steal in front of cops
December 22, 2011
A “bad idea” led to the arrest early Saturday of two men allegedly stealing ornaments from the Capitol Christmas tree, said California Highway Patrol officials. [SacramentoBee]
A passing CHP officer saw people acting suspiciously around the tree, located on the east side of Capitol Park, and approached them at about 2 a.m. Two of the people were taken into custody after it was determined that they had tried to remove, and had broken, several ornaments, some made by special education students.
A CHP spokesman said the incident started when the quartet was walking through the park to their parked vehicle when one of them “had a very bad idea en route.”
Officers booked Marquies Alexis, 30, and Bruce Anderson IV, 32, into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of petty theft and vandalism. Anderson also faces a charge of resisting arrest because he ignored the officer’s commands, said authorities.Two other people were with Alexis and Anderson but were not arrested because they reportedly were not taking part in the crime.