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"Thin Mint" Cookies Assist In Identifying Suspect After Pursuit...

Date: 2016-02-06
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Via Hemet (Calif.) PD Facebook Page

On February 4th, 2016, at approximately 4:07 pm, officers assigned to Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force (GTF), attempted to stop a motorcyclist, for a vehicle code violation in the 1300 block of East Florida Avenue. The motorcyclist failed to yield and sped off, leading officers in short a pursuit. During the pursuit the motorcyclist threw an item into some bushes just prior to officers losing sight of the motorcyclist that was traveling at over 100 MPH and the pursuit being terminated for public safety reasons.

A short time later a Hemet Code Enforcement Officer reported seeing the motorcyclist driving west in the 400 block of east Menlo Avenue. Citizens also notified officers that the motorcyclist drove into a mobile home park in the 600 block of north State Street. Hemet Officers converged on the mobile home park and located the motorcycle under a tarp which was so hot it was smoking. Officers immediately located the subject, who was suspected of driving the motorcycle, inside the mobile home. 

The officers that stopped and located the object thrown in the bushes, found it to be a box of Girl Scout Cookies with a note and phone number. The note stated to call the number if the buyer wanted to purchase more Girl Scout Cookies. Officers called the number listed on the note and the sales representative confirmed a box of Girl Scout Cookies was just sold to a motorcyclist. The sales representative of the Girl Scout Cookies stated that identification could be made of the motorcyclist who just purchased the cookies.

The sales representative responded to the mobile home park and identified the subject who just purchased the cookies. Officers located other evidence in addition to the “Thin Mints” linking Joseph Kopff to the crime. Kopff was arrested for felony reckless evading and later transported to county jail. 

For more detauils, or those without Facebook, see the story at LAist

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Hemet PD on FB, 2/4/16)

GSUSA cookies boxed and branding logos used as the trademark of the GSUSA and the Girl Scouting program
Image of GSUSA Thin Mint box: Fair use, via https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4474949

 

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