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Police: Theft of Christmas Lights Leads to Drug Charge in Port Chester

Port Chester man accused of theft, cocaine possession.

An investigation into a report of stolen Christmas lights led to a Port Chester man being arrested on drug and theft charges, according to Port Chester police.

Police said Ricardo Rodriguez, 60, of 45 Traverse Ave., Port Chester, was arrested after a 8:51 p.m. incident Friday at Walgreens in Port Chester. Store workers complained that someone had stolen five boxes of Christmas lights worth $80 from the store and then fled on nearby Abendroth Avenue.

As a Port Chester police officer was filling out a report about the incident, he spotted a man nearby who matched the description of the person involved in the shoplifting incident. Police said Rodriguez was stopped for questioning in the area of Abendroth Avenue and Westchester Avenue, and that Rodriguez had five boxes of Christmas lights.

During the investigation, police said Rodriguez was found to have a bag containing 19 smaller packages of cocaine. Rodriguez was charged with fifth-degree and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and petty larceny.

Rodriguez faces a hearing in Port Chester Village Court.

PC Native November 22, 2012 at 03:50 PM
he should be charted with more than possession... with 19 small packets I'd say that constitutes intent to distribute. lock 'em up until he can collect social security so he can be another burden on society -- in that case a financial liability.
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Khadeejah Edwards January 08, 2013 at 05:34 PM
This individual is a sick man. Drug addiction is an illness. Instead of locking people like this up in prison, mandated them to 5 year drug inpatient program. After that, he needs to be charged with his crime.
Mike Jones February 12, 2013 at 06:07 PM
wowww possesion for all that? pc cops must just not like me i guess. theres alot of police brutality going on and the mayor needs to open his eyes to it and stop letting the big dogs cover up for them. most people know the truth but not the right ones. i think its time we the residents stand up and exploit them. have an operation clean sweep of our own. sweep the dirty cops right into valhalla n then they can see whats its like to be on the wrong end of the paddle

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