WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains police stopped a man scouring a parking garage stairwell because of a recent rash of car thefts, and discovered marijuana laced with pcp in his pockets. according to police records.
Officers said they were bombarded with the chemical odor given off by phencyclidine, or pcp, while talking to Liamson Absolu, 37, Tuesday. Cops noticed a plastic bag sticking out of the White Plains man's pocket, which they say had a greenish-brown substance that appeared to be pcp-soaked marijuana.
Absolu was arrested and charged with one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.
In other news from the police blotter:
A Bronx man on the run from trying to cash a phony check at a local Chase bank was later found crouched behind rocks near a church entrance, police said.
Isael Lagares, 19, came to the 1215 Mamaroneck Ave. branch Tuesday with a woman, who police said paced around the lobby while Lagares tried to cash a hot check. The teller told officer the Bronx man couldn't answer questions about his employment or show a valid ID.
The approach of a second employee sent the duo sprinting south on Mamaroneck Avenue, according to police. Officers said they found Lagares hiding behind landscaping near the Living Word Church, but never located the woman.
Lagares was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony.
A neighbor reported a new graffiti tag on Battle Avenue Tuesday. Police say they found the number 13 scrawled in blue on a fence near the 192 Battle Ave. driveway, police said. Officers believe the new tag covered up two previous paint jobs that plastered the fence with the number 23 and then 26. Rocks near the fence also had tags on them, according to police reports.
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