Woman claims hurry and confusion for skip-scanning merchandise
Police were called to Hastings Walmart at 1:11 p.m. Dec. 17, for a 35-year-old Hasting woman attempting to take merchandise. A store associate stopped the woman, who said she was in hurry and did not realize she had taken $80 in merchandise without paying for it. Information was forwarded to the Barry County Prosecutor's office.
Couple attempt to take $396 from Walmart
Hastings Walmart associates kept an eye on an unknown man and woman in the store at 7:50 p.m. Dec. 18. Associates began watching the couple because the man was driving a scooter without seeming to need it. The couple put two heaters, propane cans, a BB pistol, a hover board, propane torch and a cell phone worth a total of $396 in their cart. When they arrived at the self-checkout they appeared to get into an argument and, when their card was declined, they left the store. An associate confronted them outside the door. The woman said she would go get the payment but never came back. The man stayed with the associate but refused to come back inside and eventually left. The associate took the merchandise back to the store. The case is still under investigation.
Victim in jail attack wants to “let bygones be bygones”
Surveillance footage at the Barry County Jail showed an assault between two inmates at 6 p.m. Dec. 22. A 24-year-old Grand Rapids man walked up to a 57-year-old Kalamazoo man while he was in bed, hit him nine times, hit him with a trash can three times and picked up a bed and threw it at him. The Grand Rapids man refused to talk to investigators, and the 57-year-old man only said the man picked up his bed and threw it at him. He said nothing else happened and he wanted to “let bygones be bygones.” Information was sent to the prosecuting attorney.
Woman “bumps” man with vehicle then crashes into tree
A 59-year-old Hastings man told police he was driving on M-37 near Culver Road in Johnstown Township at 2:04 p.m. Dec. 18 when a woman bumped him with her vehicle. The man said he passed a slow-moving vehicle, and the woman sped up and bumped the back of his vehicle. He pulled over, and the woman bumped him again. When he got out she reversed her vehicle and drove away. He continued down the road and found the woman had crashed into a tree and ran away from the scene. The man's vehicle was undamaged. Firefighters picked up the woman and took her to a fire station to make sure she did not have any injuries. The woman told an officer she bumped the man because he slowed down, then got scared and tried to drive away. When she crashed, she was scared she was being followed and ran away. She was arrested for driving with a suspended license.