Eating ice cream is a familiar pastime on Memorial Day weekend, but for Zachary Gould, 25, of Oak Bluffs, who had a sweet tooth and apparently too much to drink, the temptation to grab some soft-serve proved to be criminal.
Edgartown police yesterday arrested Mr. Gould, who smashed in the back door of the Dairy Queen on Upper Main street early Saturday morning.
Surveillance video from the ice cream franchise, ironically owned by Edgartown Police Lieut. Tony Bettencourt, showed Mr. Gould trying to break through the door at 4:36 a.m., and entering the store.
He unsuccessfully attempted to operate one of the soft-serve ice cream machines, and received a spray of liquid ice cream all over his pants and feet.
Police launched a search for the suspect, and yesterday Mr. Gould turned himself in.
“He told us he is a big reader of both Island newspapers, and when he clicked on the Internet he learned we were looking for him. He said he was intoxicated at the time, and his memory of the events of that evening were a little foggy,” officer Chris Dolby said yesterday.
Mr. Gould went to the office of defense attorney Charles Morano, who then contacted Edgartown police. Mr. Gould, who has been charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime and malicious destruction of property, is currently free on bail. A court date has yet to be scheduled.
In other police news, Oak Bluffs police had a busy Memorial Day weekend, responding to 109 incidents and making several arrests, including for trespassing, minors in possession of alcohol and someone operating a moped without a helmet.