DON'T MESS WITH THE ARMY!
September 19, 2011
IRATE TRUCK OWNER CHASES DOWN THEFT SUSPECT, RECOVERS KISS TAPE

Thanks to Eric for sending this article to KOL.

By Julie Manganis

A Salem man who may have planned to "rock and roll all night and party every day" instead settled in at the Salem police lockup Wednesday night, charged with breaking into a pickup truck and stealing several items, including a Kiss tape.

It was the truck's irate owner, Matthew Jenkins, 24, who chased suspect Raymond Garland, 40, from Pond Street to the intersection of Washington and Lafayette streets, then grabbed him and flagged down a passing police car early Wednesday evening.

Jenkins told police he was inside his house and heard the door to his 1993 Chevy pickup closing. He ran out to the truck and immediately noticed it had been gone through, the glove box left open. Then he noticed a man with a trash bag pedaling away on a bike, Patrolman Deni Gaito said in his report.

Jenkins, carrying a small baseball bat, was holding onto Garland as Gaito and fellow Patrolman Rafael Gonzales passed by. Jenkins waved down the officers.

The officers did a pat-frisk of Garland, turning up a knife and a cassette tape.

Jenkins, who at that point was waiting a few feet away, saw the cassette and called out, "Is that a Kiss tape?"

The officers confirmed that it was and, after learning that it had also been in the truck, arrested Garland, of 298 Washington St., Salem.

They also found a number of tile-cutting tools that belong to Jenkins' father in the trash bag, as well as a small air compressor.

Garland said the compressor was a gift from a girlfriend, and he was on his way to a store to return it — a story that police found suspicious.

Jenkins said another item, a Duralast battery that had been in his truck, was found on the ground next to his house.

Garland pleaded not guilty yesterday at his arraignment in Salem District Court to charges of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, felony larceny, and violating the city's knife ordinance.

Judge Michael Lauranzano ordered Garland held on $2,500 cash bail.

He's due back in court on Oct. 6.