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December 6, 2010

Man picks arrest rather than return 'too heavy' stolen planter

SALEM — A little effort goes a long way, but no effort can get you arrested.

Police arrested an Attleboro man Friday night when detectives spotted him and another man in the middle of Derby Street struggling to carry a large planter from a Derby Street business.

Enson M. Ibanez, 25, is charged with disorderly conduct, malicious destruction, and larceny, but police offered the man a reprieve: Put the planter back where you found it and we won't arrest you.

"No, it's too heavy," Ibanez told police, according to the report.

Ibanez later put both his hands in front of him insinuating he wanted the police to put handcuffs on him and arrest him, the report said.

Detectives Eric Connolly and Dennis Gaudet were in an unmarked cruiser at 11:30 p.m. Friday when they saw Ibanez, another man and a woman in front of Rouge Cosmetics at 322 Derby St.

The two men picked up the large planter containing a bush and a set of white lights.

"The two males and the female then walked in the direction of Lafayette Street with the two males having extreme difficulty carrying the heavy pot," police wrote in their report.

The two men dropped the planter, leaving it in the middle of the road.

When detectives got out of their cruiser, the other man ran away. The woman, who was not identified by police, will be summonsed to court.

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