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Stolen Forklift--Arrest Made

Event date: Wednesday, July 03, 2013, from 7:41 AM to 7:41 AM

Date: 7/3/2013
Time: 2:35 AM
Report #: 1315087
Location: 7100 E. Stetson Drive
Victim Info: United Rentals
Suspect Data: Derek C. Jackson 8/22/1979

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Details: An officer on patrol in the 4400 block of Scottsdale Road noticed a forklift driving south on Scottsdale Road at about 2:30 this morning. The officer pulled the forklift over on Stetson Drive west of Scottsdale Road. The officer contacted the driver, Derek Jackson, to find out what he was doing. Jackson appeared disoriented and seemed to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Jackson did not have an explanation as to why he was driving the forklift down Scottsdale Road. He said he was on his way home from a party.

Officers contacted the owner of the forklift, United Rentals. They found out that the forklift belonged at Fashion Square Mall for a construction project and nobody should be driving it at this time of the night. They also confirmed that Jackson had no connection with the company or the construction project.

Jackson was arrested for Theft of the forklift, and DUI related charges. The forlift was returned to the owners.