Police arrest alleged shoplifter trying to flee on bicycle

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Around mid-afternoon Saturday, Minden Police officers were dispatched to a local dollar store on Homer Road where a possible theft was in progress.

Delandry Eugene Frazier, 64, was arrested for theft (shoplifting), possession of crack cocaine, resisting by force or violence and resisting by false information.

Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Kayla Little arrived on the scene first and saw a male wearing jeans and striped shirt leaving the store.

“The store manager came out and talked with Off. Little and identified the male as the shoplifter,” Cropper said. “She told the officer the man removed items from his pants, then left the store, setting off the alarms.”

Frazier reportedly gave the officer the name Rickey Johnson at first.

“Off. Little attempted to search Frazier to verify he didn’t have any additional items in his pockets or pants,” said the chief. “Frazier became nervous and refused to empty his right pocket. The officer ordered him against the brick wall, and he attempted to throw something he had retrieved from his pocket.”

Frazier reportedly pulled away from the officer and attempted to flee on his bicycle.

“Off. Little tried to grab the back of his pants to stop him, while he was trying to pick up a pill bottle that he threw,” Cropper continued. “He continued resisting by jerking away and grabbing the officer several times.”

Off. Little secured Frazier as Sgt. Mitch Hackett arrived at the scene to assist. Hackett reportedly placed Frazier in Little’s patrol unit and mirandized him.

“Officers located the pill bottle he threw. It had no label and 0.5 grams of a white substance in it the later was identified as crack cocaine,” Cropper said. “A crack pipe was recovered, along with a razor blade inside an empty cigarette pack. It also had white residue on it.”

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