JPD: Man hid in store overnight to huff air duster | Crime
A Newport man was arrested on multiple charges Sunday morning after Jonesboro police say he spent the night in a local store huffing air duster.
Just before 8 a.m. Officer Caleb Landreth was dispatched to Kmart, 2010 South Caraway, regarding a suspicious person.
Employees told Landreth when they arrived at the store they found Robert Pry, 21, passed out in the storage room.
The store manager led the officer to the back room and pointed to a pair of feet sticking out from a cubby hole beneath some stairs.
Landreth said when Pry was “covered in vomit and urine.”
When asked what he was doing inside the store, Pry reportedly said “huffing.”
Pry told the officer he entered the store before closing and hid out. Once the doors were closed and locked for the night, Pry said he located the air duster and “huffed all night long.”
According to the report, officers found 16 empty cans of air duster in the cubby area where Pry was found.
Pry was taken to a local hospital after he began complaining of breathing difficulties.
After he was treated, Pry was advised of his Miranda rights and questioned.
Pry reportedly said he took his friend’s truck and drove to the Walmart on Parker Road where he purchased $100 worth of air duster. Officers located the truck on the Kmart parking lot. Inside were several more empty air duster cans.
Pry stated that “he had spent all of his money on air duster and that he wanted more,” Landreth reported. “That is why he was inside Kmart.”
According to the report, Pry said he was “addicted to huffing.”
After he was released from the hospital, Pry taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was charged with commercial burglary; theft of $1,000 or less; breathing, inhaling or drinking certain intoxicating compounds and failure to appear. His bond was set at $1,700.
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