On Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 0715 hrs; Officers were dispatched to the area of Hempland Road and College Ave for a reported intoxicated male subject walking along the roadway. Officers located John P. Willis (35) of Bethpage, NY at the Sleep Inn on Primrose Lane. The subject was advised to remain in his room at the hotel until he was sober.
At 0830 hrs on this same day, Officers were dispatched to the Rutter’s Store on Hempland Road for a retail theft report. Officers were told by management that a white male in his 30’s had entered the store and stole a can of Natural Ice Beer and left the store without paying for the beer, valued at $1.29. The male went to the rear of the store and drank the beer and discarded the can in a trash can. Officers reviewed video footage from the store and saw the suspect was Willis. He was again located walking in the area and was taken into custody for Retail Theft and Public Drunkenness.
Willis was taken to the police station and processed for the crimes and released later in the afternoon.
Willis was given summons to appear in court.
Willis is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law.
WH-19-01675 / WH-19-01677