Woman calls police over stolen marijuana, and then things get interesting

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman with two outstanding arrest warrants found herself in more trouble after calling the police to report that someone had stolen her marijuana. Lily Rinker, 23, made the complaint in the early hours of last Thursday from a Best Western hotel in Stuart, a coastal city located 40 miles north of West Palm Beach.

According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, Rinker told the responding officer that a man named Carlos, whom she had recently met, had left her hotel room after taking half a gram of marijuana from her stash. The stolen pot was estimated to be worth as little as $5 to $10.

Rinker claimed that she didn’t know what to do, so she decided to call the police. However, when officers arrived, they discovered that Rinker had two open arrest warrants in Palm Beach County. One warrant was issued because she allegedly struck her father in the face after he posted a photo of her holding a vape online. The other warrant stemmed from a missed probation violation hearing following a DUI conviction earlier this year.

It remains unclear if Rinker will face charges for the possession of the stolen marijuana, as possession of marijuana is illegal in Florida. If charged, it would likely be a misdemeanor offense.

The incident involving Rinker is the latest in a series of bizarre interactions with the police by Florida residents. In 2017, a self-proclaimed drug dealer called the police to report the theft of cocaine from his car in Fort Walton Beach. Earlier this year, a man pulled over in Clearwater was found with bags of cocaine and methamphetamine tied around his penis, but he claimed they weren’t his.