Best of last year’s Police Blotter


A pig of sorts ‘flew’ off the shelf at a local liquor store when a thief made away with a $96.49 bottle of Whistle Pig whiskey. It was last seen in a white four-door car. Staff illustration by Elizabeth Weaver

A pig of sorts ‘flew’ off the shelf at a local liquor store when a thief made away with a $96.49 bottle of Whistle Pig whiskey. It was last seen in a white four-door car. Staff illustration by Elizabeth Weaver

In 2023, some folks seemed to leave their common sense behind when they stepped on the island. Drawing attention from the police is never a good idea, especially if outstanding warrants are listed behind your name.

The following blotter highlights are among the most unusual calls that law enforcement handled here in town over the past year.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

8:31 p.m. • Maybe pigs really can fly. A bottle of Whistle Pig whiskey valued at $96.49 was taken off the shelf at a liquor store in the 500 block of South Alister Street. A man left the store with the whiskey in a white four-door car.

Thursday, Jan. 12

11:48 a.m. • Are Goldilocks and the three bears in Port A? A woman reported when she got to her home in the 2500 block of South 11th Street, she found that someone had broken in and made a mess in the house. She kept her house key in a lock box, which had been opened by a key code. Nothing was taken. The person slept in the bed, used the bathroom and left the windows open, possibly for re-entry.

Monday, Jan. 16

12 p.m. • No one ever said thieves were smart. Four people returned to a store in the 1800 block of State Highway 361 after they were caught attempting to steal the night before. Police issued them criminal trespass warnings.

Saturday, March 18

7:58 p.m. • Officers responded to a report of a theft at a store in 400 block of South Alister Street. A store clerk saw young people eating food and drinking alcoholic beverages they took. The items included an ice cream bar, a bag of Munchies, a six-pack of Coors Light and a four-pack of Twisted Shotz valued at $31.72. Another law enforcement agency found the people behind the IGA. Three juvenile residents of La Vernia were issued citations for theft under $100. Lessons learned: 1) Don’t steal. 2) Don’t consume the items stolen beside the place from which you stole them.

Saturday, April 1

12:56 p.m. • Firefighters dressed like firefighters? A person reported to police there was a suspicious person dressed like a firefighter in the 200 block of East Avenue C. The man was a firefighter. The Port Aransas Fire Department was doing training in the area.

Sunday, April 16

12:13 a.m. • They’re not in line for an Oscar for cinematography. Officers responded to a report of two possibly intoxicated men filming people and making fun of them in the 700 block of State Highway 361. A 22-year-old Cedar Park man and a 21-year-old Austin man were arrested and charged with public intoxication.

Sunday, May 21

10:19 p.m. • Well, if you are going to get arrested anyway, might as well save the police some time. Officers responded to a report of a man possibly intoxicated in the lobby of the police station. Police made contact with him in front of the police department. The 37-year-old Corpus Christi man was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Police found a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and three glass pipes on his person.

Monday, July 17

11:44 a.m. • It sounded like a good idea and lots of fun at the time… Officers stopped a motorist for pulling a child with a golf cart. The child was on a piece of cardboard strapped to the golf cart at Pole 23 on the beach. Police gave the driver a verbal warning.

Saturday, Oct. 7

10 p.m. • He didn’t know when to stop while ahead. Officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man trying to leave a restaurant in the 500 block of Alister Street. A 33-year-old Port Aransas man was arrested and charged with public intoxication. The man later reportedly was involved in a fight at the police station while he was detained with another detained person. He was also charged with assault.

Monday, Oct. 23

1:08 p.m. • Vinyl monkey display? A 16-inch vinyl monkey display valued at $199 was reported taken from a store in the 3400 block of State Highway 361. The suspect returned the item by taking it to the police department. The reporting party, the operations manager for the store, still wanted to press charges.

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