Tue, Feb 5, 2013
According to the Times, a Superman cape, a bottle of urine and a dog biscuit — three unrelated items that have one thing in common.
They all have been checked in as personal property at local jails.
“Nobody gets up in the morning and thinks, ‘What do I need to go to jail?’ ” Bossier City police spokesman Mark Natale said.
When a person is booked, his or her personal property is inventoried, sealed in a plastic bag and stored until their release.
And, apparently, some people are prepared for anything. At the least, items booked into jail with them suggest such. Among those showing up on recent booking logs are a honey bun, a can of tire sealant, a 36-cent casino voucher, a set of cuff links, 40 keys and a roll of soldering wire.
One woman even had a jar of petroleum jelly, cotton swabs and her own shower shoes.
“If they come in with a can of beans, we’ll put it in a bag,” said Bossier City Jail commander Lt. Robert English.
Caddo Correctional Center Capt. Dan Leach said he once was asked to care for a suspect’s invisible dog.
He also was entrusted with a Superman cape that must be protected for when the suspect was released and could return home to Planet Krypton.
Condoms, panties (brought in by men), sex toys and pockets full of cigarette butts commonly are logged in as personal property at Bossier City Jail.
English said they once had a truck driver — arrested on a charge of driving under suspension — who had a container of urine. “It was in a plastic bottle, and he had rubber banded a hand warmer to it.”
Other items English has seen in his career include an extension for a part of the male anatomy, a radar detector, a TV remote control, a cordless home telephone, a corkscrew and a spark plug gap tool. Being that some suspects are arrested at casinos, the officers even have logged in thousands of dollars in winnings.
Inmates can have a friend or relative pick up their items.
“If you release one thing, you release everything,” English said. “We’ve had some cases where the guys get in a pickle because there’s numbers in his phone or things in his wallet he doesn’t want his wife or girlfriend to know.”
Source: Shreveport Times