Man accused of stealing liquor found passed out in front of hospital

Samuel Spinks, 35
Samuel Spinks, 35

Covington, La. - Covington police have arrested a man who smashed in the front door of a Shell Service Station, stealing a bottle of liquor. Samuel Spinks, 35, of Covington is accused of breaking into the gas station convenience store at 1001 S. Tyler Street around 2:30 Wednesday morning.

Officers responding to the scene found the glass in the front door smashed. When officers entered the business,  they found the glass liquor display case had also been smashed. Checking the display they found at least one bottle had been taken. After watching a video of the crime on surveillance video, the manager of the store recognized the suspect and gave the name to officers.

Shortly thereafter, Spinks was outside the St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Police say he was passed out on the lawn in front of the emergency room.

Detectives say Spink's hands were cut up where he had broken the door and the liquor display case. Officers placed him under arrest without incident and he was transported to the Covington Police Department. Spinks was booked and then placed in St. Tammany Parish Jail for simple burglary.