Man, police meet twice in four days

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lewisburg police came in contact with a Petersburg man twice in four days, according to reports on file at the police department.

At about 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Officer Jackie Sands stopped a 2001 black Ford Ranger on East Commerce because it had a broken taillight. The driver was Albert Waldron Jr., 21, of Mike Bryan Road, Petersburg.

"After checking his driver's license status he was found to be suspended for failure to satisfy a citation out of Lincoln County," Sands wrote in his report. "He was arrested and transported to Marshall County Jail."

Waldron did not get in trouble the next time he talked to police, but his companion did. At about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3., "I made contact with two white males on bicycles on Franklin Avenue and Sanders Street," Officer Steve Sanders Jr. wrote in his report. The two males were identified as Albert Waldron Jr. and Christopher W. Walden, 20, of Manchester.

Sanders' report continues, "The bicycle that Walden was riding matched the description of a bicycle that had been stolen from 494 Endsley Avenue. The owner ...came to the location and identified the bicycle Walden was riding as the stolen bicycle."

Walden was arrested, and the bicycle was returned to its rightful owner, Darlene Stafford, 51.

Sanders was also the officer who took the report of the bicycle theft when Stafford notified police on Dec. 30. She reported that she had last seen the bike at about 5 p.m. Christmas day, and that it was a purple, 7-speed 20-inch trail bike with an estimated value of $75.

It is not recorded whether Sanders stopped the two men because he recognized the purple bicycle, or whether he thought the incongruity of size between 6-foot-2-inch Walden and the 20-inch bike he was riding merited further investigation.