Cops say man smashed store over crack cost

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FORT PIERCE, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Police in Fort Pierce, Fla., say a man allegedly trashed a section of a convenience store because he was upset about the rising price of crack cocaine.

Gus Young Jr. was arrested on charges including criminal mischief and disorderly intoxication after allegedly smashing a DVD case and destroyed a counter partition Tuesday at Dixon's Food Mart, reported Wednesday.


Police said the manager of the store spotted Young outside the store after officers arrived and the suspect was arrested. The police report states Young smelled of alcohol and was "challenging people to fight."

"When Young calmed down, he said he was upset that the price of a rock (crack cocaine) had gone up to $20 from $10," the report stated. "Young claimed he swung his fist at a drug dealer in the store, but the drug dealer ducked and Young struck the partition and DVD case instead of the drug dealer."

The report said Young continued to shout about "how unfair the price of crack had become" after he was taken to jail.

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