Emmanuel Lopez is a 19-year-old pot smoking cretin who stole a puppy from a Petland while his two friends who worked there distracted the manager. Lopez didn’t really want the puppy though as he returned it 3 days later. What he wanted to do was torment the helpless animal for his own amusement:
Lopez pleaded guilty in May to stealing the puppy on March 21 from a Petland store in Naperville. The dog was returned to the store three days later and has since been adopted. Prosecutors brought up the alleged abuse Wednesday as an aggravating factor in the theft.
“The bottom rung of humanity abuses animals for their amusement,” Kinsella told Lopez. “Anybody who abused animals for their own amusement has a problem.”
Assistant State’s Atty. Mary Cronin said Lopez was asked to participate in the theft by two store employees.
“One of the employees distracted the manager and the other made sure the coast was clear,” Cronin said.
Lopez stuffed the 2-pound puppy under his sweatshirt and walked out of the store, she said.
Naperville Police Detective Richard Arsenault testified Wednesday that after stealing the dog, Lopez and some friends drove around the area, “blowing marijuana smoke in the dog’s face until it passed out.”
Lopez told Kinsella that “the dog didn’t pass out right away; he passed out later.”
“Is there a difference?” Kinsella asked.
When you’re dealing with pot heads the minutiae make all the difference. Like many marijuana users Lopez thinks he can fool the world into thinking the dog passed out for some other reason besides he and a couple of morons driving around blowing smoke in its face. Also like most chronic drug users he’s a career criminal, having two prior theft convictions already at the ripe old age of 19.
So legalization advocates, what’s the deal? Tell me how legalization would have stopped this crime from happening, or is it possible that pot smoking caused this crime?
h/t Crime Scene KC