Route puts damper on escape
Responding to a shoplifting incident at Walmart Dec. 7, Summerville Police were advised that the Loss Prevention Officer had chased the culprit who then jumped into a ditch and was crawling through a drainage pipe.
Backup arrived and covered both ends of the drainage pipe.
After being ordered to come out of the pipe several times, the subject – Mitchell Stinecipher, 25, of Summerville – finally complied. He was observed drinking from a mini bottle of unknown liquor which he threw into the pipe. Stinecipher was told to climb the embankment, which he did, promptly taking off his shirt and throwing it to the ground. He was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. He was placed in handcuffs.
An officer advised that he had been attempting to locate a subject matching Stinecipher’s description and clothing who had been reported by several women and children urinating on the side of the “300” building in the Farmington Village apartment complex.
Stinecipher refused to give police his name, telling them he “was going to jail anyway, so you can find out my name then.”
The Walmart LPO told police Stinecipher was on Trespass Notice and should not have been in the store. He was seen stealing a watch and when he attempted to exit the store, the LPO gave chase. Stinecipher attempted to climb a fence but was unable to so he went into the drain pipe instead. He told police he had “dropped everything he had” in the pip. Police were unable to locate anything because of the amount of water in the pipe.
Stinecipher was charged with Shoplifting and public Intoxication.