Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Chewing Gum Thief Charged With Burglary
A man who allegedly stole a stick of chewing gum out of a car in Cookeville has now been charged with vehicle burglary. Officer Marc Declaire says he was monitoring traffic on North Willow Avenue early Wednesday morning when 26-year-old Jacob David Parsons of Kenway Street caught his attention. Declaire says that Parsons was staggering the roadway of North Willow, and says he thought Parsons was intoxicated and possibly a danger to himself. The officer says he watched as Parsons walked into the parking lot of an apartment complex and says when he drove into the parking lot, he found Parsons inside a vehicle there. Parsons reportedly told the officer that he was getting gum out of a friend's car, but further investigation revealed that the owner of the car did not know Parsons ... and wanted to press charges. According to the report, the gum (Wrigley's Juicy Fruit) was valued at 50 cents.