You'd be hard pressed to find a more comic illustration of the out-of-control state of American law enforcement than the case of Shaquielle Olmeda, an 18-year-old Floridian who was arrested this week for snatching a pack of cigarettes from a man on the street.
Olmeda, the scourge, was apprehended after the Manatee County Sheriff's Office set up a perimeter, seemingly using every tool at their disposal. From the Bradenton Herald:
The 43-year-old victim was in a parking lot at 5137 14th St. W. in Bradenton at 9:11 a.m. when Shaquielle Olmeda ran by and snatched a pack of cigarettes out of the victim's hand, according to a release.
Olmeda took off running south and the victim called law enforcement. Deputies used patrol units, dogs and helicopters to set up a perimeter, and eventually found Olmeda in the east parking lot of Magic Mile Plaza, on the northwest corner of 14th Street West and 53rd Avenue West.
The victim positively identified Olmeda and the pack of cigarettes was located on his person, deputies said.
The cigarettes, according to the cops, were worth $4.