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It's Not that Serious: Discount Dispute Leads to Arrest

11-Apr-2014

Sometimes, negotiating or haggling for a better price can be a smart move, but when we're talking about a discounted spray tan, it's generally not worth getting that worked up about. At least, it's not worth getting so aggressive about the discount that you end up in jail.

Hopefully, that's the lesson learned for a Bixby man. Dustin Lee Bell, 25, is accused of entering a Jenks tanning salon last Saturday and demanding to pay only $10 for a spray tan priced at $34. Employees of At the Beach Tanning Superstore say Bell, who is not a police officer was wearing a Sand Springs Police Department badge. Upon the salon's refusal to discount the spray tan, some type of altercation ensued and employees called Jenks police.

Police questioned Bell about the badge, which he said he found at a car wash. Instead, when local police contacted Sand Springs police, they determined that the badge belonged to a police officer who reported his wallet missing about a week prior. Bell also had the officer's Sam's Club card in his own wallet.

During the police investigation, the owner of the tanning salon allegedly noticed that a bottle of tanning lotion was missing, and indicated that Bell stole the lotion.

Police arrested Bell on complaints of impersonating an officer, larceny, and concealing stolen property. He booked into the Tulsa County Jail and released a few hours later on $4,000 bond.

Bell's Tulsa County criminal record shows nothing other than a few traffic tickets when he was a teenager. However, court records reveal an apparently rocky marriage and divorce with a pattern of protective orders. In 2010, Bell and his wife were granted a marriage license, but within a few months, his wife filed for divorce. That petition for divorce was dismissed.

Less than a year later, Bell took out a protective order against his wife and filed for divorce. The pair again reconciled, but in October 2012, Bell's wife filed for divorce. She filed a protective order against him, and this time, the divorce was granted in May 2013.

Unfortunately for Bell, the divorce did not end the problems with his marriage and family. Late last month, he was named in three separate protective orders.

Family legal problems are difficult enough, but adding foolish misdemeanor acts can only complicate things. If you happen to be carrying a stolen police badge, or if you happen to be shoplifting tanning lotion, perhaps demanding a spray tan discount so aggressively that police are notified may be a bit of a bad idea.




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