Man arrested twice in one day, police say
Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 3:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 3:28 p.m.
Gainesville police reported Tuesday that they arrested the same man twice that day, first for theft and later for assault. Police said the theft arrest was made before store workers even realized they had been victimized.
Raymond Greenberg Jr., 31, was walking out of an Office Depot store at 1015 NW 13th St. when he was spotted by a police officer who recognized him as a suspect in a domestic battery case, according to a Gainesville Police report.
Greenberg had "a bulge in his waistband," the report noted, which turned out to be three cans of Ativa cleaning duster that police said he admitted to stealing. The store, the report said, had not realized the theft had occurred.
Greenberg told police that he had committed the same crime on Monday because he had a problem with "huffing" — getting intoxicated by breathing the fumes from the cleaner.
After Greenberg had been apprehended, a second officer arrested him in connection with the domestic battery case. According to a report, Greenberg had threatened to hit his sister with a dumbbell weight during an argument. He stood over her, with the weight raised, and said, "I will knock your teeth down your throat," the report said.
While investigating that incident, the officer learned of an unreported incident on Sunday when Greenberg argued with his sister over a cigarette, the report stated.
She fled to her bedroom and locked the door, but Greenberg kicked it multiple times, causing it to crack in three locations, police said. The sister ultimately opened the door, the report stated, and Greenberg slammed her head into the door, causing a cut to her eyebrow.
Greenberg was arrested on charges that included petty theft, domestic battery and aggravated domestic assault. He was being held at the Alachua County Jail on Wednesday.