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Man allegedly pulls out crack pipes in front of officer

A man had the lack of sense to pull out a pair of crack pipes in front of a police officer, Decatur police said Wednesday.

The man allegedly was using a car without the owner's permission when Sgt. Jimmy Hood spotted it in the parking lot of the Chevron station at Austinville and 14th streets Southwest on Sunday at about noon, said Lt. Chris Mathews.

While speaking with Hood, the driver opened a cigarette pack, allowing Hood to glimpse the crack pipes stashed inside, Mathews said.

"Hood searched the car, and, in the trunk, he found a large amount of items stolen from Wal-Mart," Mathews said.

Police arrested the driver on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. They also arrested his female passenger on warrants charging her with four counts of issuing worthless checks. The car was returned to the owner. Police are investigating the theft from Wal-Mart, Mathews said.

- Seth Burkett

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