The community pool: fun under the cloud-free American sun, children splashing the over-chlorinated water, lifeguards holding court, the line for the diving board, inflatable animal rafts, pee in the kiddie pool, cold sodas at the snack bar, the thick reek of Coppertone, needle-freaks snatching purses . . . wait a minute . . .
According to the News Herald, the usually carefree atmosphere at the Mentor Civic Center Pool was interrupted last Friday by Trina Sarli, 34. Apparently, the drug-addicted Sarli was in such a bad need of cash for a fix she decided to snatch the untended purse of a 10-year-old girl. Once the victim reported her property had been snagged, an astute pool employee was on the case.
The employee checked the bathroom after the suspicious woman exited it. She found a hypodermic needle in the garbage can and the girl’s purse, which was only missing a package of Silly Bandz.
When police officers talked to the suspect . . . they noticed that she was wearing a pair of Silly Bandz on her wrist, Powers said.
The Silly Bandz! Just can’t say no to the damn Silly Bandz!
Police reportedly found a spoon, straws, prescription medication (but no prescription) and a pack of Silly Bandz in the purse. Sarli has been charged with possession of drugs, drug-abuse instruments and paraphernalia.
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