Lake Havasu City Police officers were called to a London Bridge Road hotel Sunday after receiving reports that a man and woman had stolen a bag of ice and several containers of water.

According to police, Andy T. Ripberger, 38, and Holly E. Rose, 42, entered the business lobby at about noon, where they allegedly took the items and left. Employees of the business attempted to confront them, the report said, before contacting law enforcement.

Police say Ripberger and Rose were identified by surveillance footage at the business. They were later located on North McCulloch Boulevard, where they lived in the area of Craggy Wash. Officers contacted the pair, who were cited on misdemeanor charges of theft. According to the police report, the total value of items allegedly stolen was about $8.

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eeyo

You gotta be kidding me. I don't condone theft or petty theft, but this was WATER! They are homeless, it's not like they can go home and get water out of the fridge! What ever happened to look the other way? A lot of hotels keep water and ice in the lobby for free. I know they encourage it for paying guests only, but really. The article does not mention the hotel name, but I would surely boycott it if I knew which one it was.

oneadam12

Letter of the law vs. spirit of the law?

Jetskilhc

This is insane! Who calls the cops on thirsty people?! I would’ve bought the ice and water and gave it to them! This is just wrong!

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kdavis

So stealing is OK as long as you don't take too much. Sounds like a looters motto...

janaplum

The right action in this instance would be to offer someone a drink of water. Maybe even buy them a bottle or 6!

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janaplum

This hotel will not receive a referral from me! What a waste of police time and money!

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BobbyZ

Stole Ice and water on a 115 degree day. Who would do such a thing? I don't condone this, but I can understand.

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