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Blotter: Man accused of stealing beer at Kroger, assaulting employee while intoxicated

A 26-year-old man was accused of stealing several cases of beer from Kroger on West University Drive on Thursday and assaulting a teenage grocery employee who followed him to the parking lot.

Fred RodgersDenton Police Department
Fred Rodgers
Denton Police Department

Fred Rodgers, who police said was intoxicated at the time, was taken to Denton City Jail on charges of robbery and resisting arrest. A witness reported the incident to police at 5:19 p.m.

Police spokesman Bryan Cose said an intoxicated Rodgers walked into the Kroger that afternoon and placed four cases of beer and two 12-packs into his shopping cart. Managers noticed Rodgers leaving the store and asked a 17-year-old bagger to follow him in the parking lot, Cose said.

In the parking lot, Rodgers charged the 17-year-old employee, placed him in a headlock, threw him on the ground and got on top of him, Cose said. 

Management eventually confronted Rodgers and told him to "take the beer and go" before calling police, Cose said, adding that the 17-year-old did not need to be taken to a hospital.

A civilian kept an eye on Rodgers as he left the parking lot and made his way to the nearby Aaron's furniture store, where police later arrested him on the robbery charge.

While detained in the squad car, Cose said Rodgers attempted to kick out the cruiser's windows. He was then charged with resisting arrest.

Other reports

1000 block of Anna Street — The Denton Fire Department responded to a cooking fire that started in an oven Friday at a home on Anna Street, according to department spokesman Kenneth Hedges. 

No one was injured, he said. He said the fire was out when firefighters arrived on the scene at about noon, and authorities assisted with ventilation. Hedges did not have a damage estimate as of Friday afternoon.

500 block of South Carroll Boulevard — A woman took it upon herself to confront a suspected car burglar on Thursday afternoon after she saw him rummaging through a vehicle near an apartment building, according to a police report.

The woman said she saw the 22-year-old man rummaging through a vehicle, exit the car and walk toward another vehicle, according to the report. She knocked on a window to scare him away and called police, the report said.

She identified the suspect for police when they arrived on the scene. Officers then contacted the the owner of the vehicle he had been rummaging through, and he said no one had permission to enter his car. The owner told police he didn't know whether the suspect took anything. 

The  suspect was eventually arrested on a charge of burglary of a vehicle, and he was taken to Denton City Jail. The report did not specify where the suspect was found.

2300 block of Chebi Lane — Two men in their 20s were arrested Thursday after a man said he watched live surveillance video that showed them attempting to break into the back door of a home used as a model for the subdivision in which it is located.

Police were dispatched to the home and found the two suspects — a 27-year-old and a 25-year-old — in the backyard. The officers also noticed that a nearby house had been tampered with. The report did not specify whether the "nearby home" was where police found the suspects.

The 27-year-old suspect was booked into Denton City Jail on charges of burglary of a building, burglary of a habitation and unlawful use of a criminal instrument. The 25-year-old suspect was booked on charges of attempted burglary of a building, attempted burglary of a habitation and unlawful use of a criminal instrument.


From 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 931 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 46 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 147 calls for service and made 19 arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 16 medical calls, two vehicle accidents and one outside rubbish fire.