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Police: Man caught officers attention when he stopped to retrieve stolen trash can lid

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Ricky Beckett was arrested 7/17/2013 (Photo: Beaumont Police Department) Ricky Beckett was arrested 7/17/2013 (Photo: Beaumont Police Department)

Police say the time it took a man to stop and pick up a stolen stainless steel trash can lid delayed him just enough for officers to notice him and investigate.  It's something that resulted in the man's arrest.

Just before 4:30 a.m. Wednesday officers were patrolling the 4000 block of Magnolia Street where they noticed a man in a 1995 blue Chevrolet truck. He was in a parking lot with 6 stainless steel trash can tops.  Officers determined that the man had stopped to pick up a lid that had fallen out of his truck. 

Upon further investigation it was determined that the lids came from a car wash located a few blocks away at East Lucas Drive and Magnolia Street.  Police say locks on the trash cans at the car was had been cut to free the lids from the base and then the fasteners were pried off. 

The driver of the truck, identified as Ricky Becket, 54, was arrested for Felony Theft and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

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