BY ADAM TROXTELL
A trip to Auto Zone landed a sticky-fingered customer in jail last Friday night after he allegedly tried to make off with about $46 worth of merchandise.
Chickasha Police arrested Donald Wayne Simer Jr. in the parking lot of the town's Auto Zone after employees identified him as the person who made off with a pair of brown gloves. Officers later found he also had two pairs of sunglasses worth about $13 each, along with a small amount of marijuana and prescription pills.
Officers were called to the scene at 627 W. Grand Ave. for a reported larceny in progress last Friday evening. There, they found Simer standing next to a white pickup truck. Employees had identified Simer, saying he walked into the store and was acting suspiciously both that day and the previous Friday. The week before, one reported Simer was looking at sun glasses.
Initially, the suspect denied police requests to search his vehicle. Officers discovered Simer was under unsupervised probation for a past DUI, which under Grady County probation and parole rules means he and his surroundings are subject to police search. Inside Simer's vehicle, police found a pair of brown gloves, sunglasses, a brown pipe that contained marijuana, and seven pills identified as the prescription drug alprazolam, for which Simer had no valid prescription.
The gloves and sunglasses were identified as Auto Zone products that had not been paid for. Simer was arrested for larceny of merchandise from a retailer, possession of marijuana after a formal conviction, and possession of a prescription drug without a valid prescription.