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Perfume vandal causes a stink in Oak Harbor

A malodorous incident Thursday left the Oak Harbor police with a messy situation that was difficult to escape.

Police Chief Ed Green said an angry man threw a bottle of perfume at the front door of the police station, shattering the outer glass on the door and drenching the area with eau de toilette.

The department-store smell was still strong late in the day, greeting visitors who arrived to conduct serious business.

Green said officers arrested the suspect, Jonathan Williams, 28, at the GameStop store Thursday morning for allegedly shoplifting a tablet computer.

Williams was booked and released from the jail.

“He got upset because he wanted the item he had taken from the store and we were not going to give it back to him,” Green said.

Williams took a bottle of perfume or cologne he happened to be carrying and threw it at the glass door of the night lobby, but the bottle remained intact. Green said several officers saw him do it and told him to knock it off.

Instead, Williams picked up the bottle and threw at one of the glass doors at the main entrance. He was apparently surprised when the glass door shattered along with the perfume bottle.

“He said, ‘Oops,’” Green said.

The officers quickly arrested Williams on suspicion of malicious mischief in the third degree.

Based on the first quote he received Thursday, Green said replacing the window will cost from $500 to $600.

 

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