Cops: Passenger lied about name during Edwardsville stop, had stolen goods

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]

EDWARDSVILLE — Borough police arrested a man for receiving stolen goods and providing a false name early Monday, charges say.

Alkabeer Cousar-Jordan, 21, of Wilkes-Barre, allegedly stole items from the Turkey Hill on Main Street in Edwardsville. When an officer stopped the vehicle he was riding in, he gave a fake name and claimed he was from New Jersey, court papers state.

According to a criminal complaint:

An officer observed a dark-colored sedan pull into the Turkey Hill lot with three passengers inside. The front-seat passenger got out of the vehicle and began to look around, raising the officer’s suspicion.

The passenger later identified as Cousar-Jordan was handed a bag that he then concealed in his jacket before heading into the store.

The officer lost sight of Cousar-Jordan for a few minutes. When he came out of the store, it appeared items were now inside the same bag that he brought into the store.

The vehicle then left the parking lot.

The officer conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Lawrence Street and Zerby Avenue.

While the driver identified himself, the passenger was observed not wearing his seat belt, prompting the officer to ask him his name and date of birth.

The man identified himself as Jahlil C. Jordan of New Jersey. But that information did not exist in the New Jersey state database.

The officer then ran just the last name of Jordan and the birthdate that the passenger provided. That led to a hit for Alkabeer Cousar-Jordan, and the Luzerne County Communications Center found a picture of him.

The passenger then confessed his real name was Alkabeer Cousar-Jordan.

The officer could also smell a marijuana odor emitting from the vehicle, although a search did not come up with any marijuana. However, Cousar-Jordan said he smoked pot earlier in the evening.

In addition, he admitted he stole items from the Turkey Hill.

Cousar-Jordan was arraigned by District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo Jr. in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of false identification to law enforcement and receiving stolen property.

He was unable to post $1,500 bail and was sent to the county lockup.

By Dan Stokes

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