COVINGTON, La. – After smashing the front door glass of a gas station, a man stole a bottle of liquor and was later found by police passed out on the lawn of the St. Tammany Parish Hospital, according to the Covington Police Department.
Around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police responded to a burglar alarm at the Shell located at 1001 South Tyler St.
Upon arrival, they found the glass to both the front door and liquor display smashed and at least one bottle taken, police said.
The manager was able to identify the man in the store’s surveillance video, saying he was a frequent customer.
Armed with the description and name of the suspect, officers described the perpetrator over the radio.
At the same time officers were investigating the scene at the gas station, another officer was investigating a complaint of a suspicious vehicle at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital, according to the CPD.
While the officer at the hospital was searching for the vehicle, a security guard told him that a man was passed out on the lawn in front of the emergency room.
Besides matching the description of the gas station suspect, the passed out man’s hand were cut up from breaking the glass, police said.
Officers arrested Samuel Spinks, 35, without incident and he was booked in the St. Tammany Parish jail on simple burglary charges.